An Oyster Renaissance On The Chesapeake

An Oyster Renaissance On The Chesapeake

We talk with one of the bay's oyster farms, a chef and people working to restore the Chesapeake's oyster population, and learn about why they play such crucial role for the overall health of the bay.

The Chesapeake oyster is rivaled perhaps only by the blue crab as a signature native food of our region. But the oyster population plummeted over the past century, reversed only recently by restoration efforts. That's good news for those in the culinary world who predict an oyster renaissance. We speak with an oysterman, a chef, and others about the future of the bay oyster.

Guests

Stephan Abel

Executive Director, Oyster Recovery Partnership

Timothy Devine

Owner, Barren Island Oysters (Hoopers Island, Md.)

Spike Gjerde

Chef, Woodberry Kitchen (Baltimore, Md)

Steve Vilnit

Fisheries Marketing Director, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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From Bay To Table, The Life Cycle Of An Oyster

Timothy Devine, owner of Barren Island Oysters in Hooper's Island, Md., walks us through the life cycle of an oyster, from the Chesapeake Bay to your table. Filmed, edited and produced by Ryan Mixson.

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