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  • Drakes Bay Oyster Co. Continues Fight Against Closure

    10/22/2013 3:34:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    SF Appeal ^ | Julie Cheever
    As promised, the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. appealed to an expanded panel of a federal appeals court in San Francisco today to allow it to keep operating at Point Reyes National Seashore. The oyster farm and owner Kevin Lunny asked an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision in which a smaller panel of the court ruled against the company by a 2 to 1 vote in September. In that ruling, the smaller panel upheld a federal trial judge’s denial of a preliminary injunction that would have allowed the oyster harvesting to continue...
  • Feds boot Drakes Bay Oyster Co. from Pt. Reyes

    11/29/2012 5:16:32 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 26 replies ^ | 11/29/12 | Peter Fimrite
    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar rejected a proposal to extend the lease of a popular oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore on Thursday, effectively ending more than a century of shellfish production on the 1,100 acres where Europeans first stepped foot in California. The decision will allow the National Park Service to turn the picturesque bay where Sir Francis Drake landed more than 400 years ago into California's first federally designated marine wilderness area. Salazar made his decision a day before the 40-year lease allowing Drakes Bay Oyster Co., to harvest shellfish in the estuary expires and one week...
  • Interior secretary denies renewal of oyster company lease on national seashore in California

    11/29/2012 1:56:16 PM PST · by Perdogg · 34 replies
    An historic Northern California oyster farm along Point Reyes National Seashore will be shut down and the site converted to a wilderness area, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced on Thursday. Salazar said he will not renew the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. lease that expires Friday. The move will bring a close to a yearslong environmental battle over the site.
  • Feds boot Drakes Bay Oyster Co. from Pt. Reyes [California, Ken Salazar]

    11/29/2012 1:58:00 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 20 replies ^ | Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Peter Fimrite
    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar rejected a proposal to extend the lease of a popular oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore on Thursday, effectively ending more than a century of shellfish production on the 1,100 acres where Europeans first stepped foot in California. The decision will allow the National Park Service to turn the picturesque bay where Sir Francis Drake landed more than 400 years ago into California's first federally designated marine wilderness area.
  • Alleged ass-grabbing oyster shucker now facing drug charges

    07/29/2012 8:24:55 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    Universal Hub (Boston, MA) ^ | July 25, 2012 | Adam G.
    A Colombian national who got bounced from oyster shucking jobs at two well known eateries was arrested last week on charges of being a coke dealer, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Wilmer Fernandez, a.k.a. Weimar Foronda, was arrested July 16 at the Irish Famine Memorial in Downtown Crossing by BPD detectives who had been tracking his activities for several months, the DA's office says.
  • Gulf Oil Affecting Chicago Dinner Plates

    06/22/2010 9:03:22 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 9 replies
    nbc ^ | 06/22/10 | Mary Ruge
    The culinary consequences of the Gulf Oil disaster are hitting Chicagoans where it hurts -- in the stomach. Red Lobster on Tuesday announced that oysters will no longer be available on the menu. The popular seafood chain has had to remove the item because their fishermen suppliers are finding it more economically advantageous to help clean the oil rather than collect the shellfish. In fact, the company that supplies Gulf oysters to more than 400 Red Lobsters has closed its doors altogether. AmeriPure co-owner and founder Patrick Fahey said he hasn't been able to "get any meaningful volume of oysters"...
  • Debate Flares on Limits of Nature and Commerce in Parks

    11/01/2009 2:56:15 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies · 402+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 31, 2009 | Leslie Kaufman
    POINT REYES STATION, Calif. — It seems a perfect marriage of nature and commerce. As boats ferry oysters to the shore, pelicans swoop by and seals pop their heads out of the water. But this spot on the Point Reyes National Seashore has become a flashpoint for a bitter debate over the limits of wilderness and commercial interest within America’s national parks. The National Park Service has said it cannot renew the permit to farm oysters in a tidal estuary here, which lapses in 2012, because federal law requires it to return the area to wilderness by eliminating intrusive commercial...
  • The FDA should get out of our gumbo [Louisiana]

    10/29/2009 6:15:32 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 10 replies · 667+ views ^ | October 29, 2009 | Editors
    A Food and Drug Administration decision to impose draconian new rules on oysters harvested from the Gulf of Mexico could wreck Louisiana's $300 million-a-year industry and restrict the diets of raw oyster lovers here and elsewhere for most of the year -- all in a misguided effort to prevent a serious but rare health threat. The FDA announced guidelines, to go into effect in 2011, that would require all Gulf oysters harvested from April through October to undergo a sterilization process before they can be sold. That could double or even triple the cost of Louisiana oysters for consumers and...
  • Louisiana blasts new FDA rule requiring oysters to be sterilized to prevent rare bacterial illness

    10/28/2009 7:22:46 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 34 replies · 2,044+ views ^ | October 28, 2009 | Chris Kirkham
    At the small warehouse tucked away in the back side of the French Quarter, the shuckers at P&J Oyster Co. have arrived before daybreak for 133 years. Their in-shell and shucked oysters have been on the menus of generations of restaurateurs, from oysters on the halfshell at Acme Oyster House and Casemento’s to the seafood gumbo at Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse. In less than two years, the tradition could become obsolete for seven months out of the year, based on newly announced oyster guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration. In an effort to reduce cases of a rare, but potentially...
  • FDA to ban raw Gulf oysters unless treated for bacteria; proposal would take effect in 2011

    10/28/2009 4:47:50 AM PDT · by suthener · 23 replies · 716+ views
    Mobile Press-Register ^ | October 27, 2009 | The Associated Press
    NEW ORLEANS -- Federal officials plan to ban sales of raw oysters harvested from the Gulf of Mexico unless the shellfish are treated to destroy potentially deadly bacteria.
  • Scientists side with Drakes Bay oyster farmer

    05/07/2009 8:52:04 AM PDT · by BlueDragon · 5 replies · 482+ views
    SF Gate ^ | May 6, 2009 | Peter Fimrite
    Supporters of a Marin County oyster farmer claimed victory Tuesday after a panel of scientists concluded that National Park Service officials made errors, selectively presented information and misrepresented facts in a series of reports about his Drakes Bay shellfish operation. The findings mark the second time in a year that the Park Service has been put under a spotlight for essentially fudging data in its attempts to show that the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. harmed the environment.
  • Oy! Eating Champ Downs 35 Dozen Oysters

    04/13/2008 12:34:58 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies · 105+ views
    AP - Yahoo ^ | April 13, 2008 | Mary Foster
    NEW ORLEANS - Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti looked down at the litter of empty oyster shells in front of him and savored the sweet taste of victory. For Crazy Legs Conti, the bitter taste of defeat could be washed away only by beer. The Acme World Oyster Eating championship belt _ leather, with a silver dish featuring an oyster on the half-shell _ hung on Bertoletti's skinny hips. The 22-year-old Chicago resident took the title Saturday...
  • Oy! Eating champ downs 35 dozen oysters

    04/12/2008 7:39:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 112+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/12/08 | Mary Foster - ap
    NEW ORLEANS - Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti looked down at the litter of empty oyster shells in front of him and savored the sweet taste of victory. For Crazy Legs Conti, the bitter taste of defeat could be washed away only by beer. The Acme World Oyster Eating championship belt — leather, with a silver dish featuring an oyster on the half-shell — hung on Bertoletti's skinny hips. The 22-year-old Chicago resident took the title Saturday by slurping 35 dozen of the big bivalves in eight minutes. "I could probably do a couple dozen more, especially if they were charbroiled,"...
  • Raising hope on a half-shell, Oysters come back from the brink

    11/22/2007 12:33:02 PM PST · by Coleus · 1 replies · 58+ views
    star ledger ^ | November 21, 2007 | MARYANN SPOTO
    For more than a century, oysters were so plentiful in the waters off New Jersey they were hawked on street corners the same way pretzels or hot dogs are today. But the industry fell on hard times when overharvesting and two strains of disease nearly wiped out the population in the 1960s and again in the 1990s. The steep decline took with it whole communities that depended on the oyster for survival. In recent years, Rutgers University scientists working with disease-resistant oysters and employing new technology have nursed the industry back to health and brought it to the brink of...
  • Dallas Resident Dies After Eating Raw Oysters

    09/29/2006 2:55:11 PM PDT · by Dysart · 151 replies · 2,288+ views
    NBC5i ^ | 9-29-06 | AP
    MCKINNEY, Texas -- The Collin County Health Department on Friday reported that a Dallas resident died earlier this week after consuming raw oysters at a restaurant in Plano.Oysters can be contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio vulnificus. This bacterium is naturally present in marine environments and does not alter the appearance, taste, or odor of oysters.Among healthy people, ingestion of V. vulnificus can cause vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. In immunocompromised persons, particularly those with chronic liver disease, V. vulnificus can infect the bloodstream, causing a severe and life-threatening illness characterized by fever and chills, decreased blood pressure (septic shock), and...
  • Biologists discover giant exotic oysters in San Francisco Bay

    08/18/2006 1:32:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 596+ views
    Biologists have discovered giant invasive oysters that could threaten efforts to restore native oyster species in San Francisco Bay. Government staffers and volunteers removed 256 of the exotic mollusks last week after searching the mudflats between the Dumbarton Bridge and the San Leandro Marina, biologists said Thursday. Scientists have not identified the species, which grow up to 9 inches long and in a variety of shapes. They don't know how the exotic oysters got here or how they could affect the bay if their population expands. Biologists are concerned the monster oysters could take over the best habitat and form...
  • Rhode Island Shellfish Offer Clue to Health of Chesapeake Bay

    05/08/2006 8:50:48 AM PDT · by cogitator · 2 replies · 217+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 8, 2006 | Elizabeth Williamson
    Excerpts: "What we captured in 2001 was the loss of those mussels and implications for an entire ecosystem," said Brown University ecologist Andrew Altieri, who with biology professor Jon Witman wrote the study published in the March issue of Ecology. "That's instructive for what historic and future losses might be for the Chesapeake." Altieri calculated that the [mussel] reefs were processing the [Narragansett] bay's entire water volume once every 20 days, even though they covered less than 1 percent of the bay floor. Within days, a hypoxic episode triggered by warm weather, low wind and the usual nutrients contributed to...
  • Rocky Mountain Recipes

    07/23/2005 1:00:53 AM PDT · by MaxMax · 15 replies · 2,818+ views
    It doesn't matter what you call them, cooked right, testicles are a treat! If you have any family jewel recipes I've missed, send me a mail.
  • Massachusetts Legislature Protests Endangered Species Review

    07/16/2005 1:28:33 PM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 3 replies · 287+ views
    Provincetown Banner ^ | 14 July 2005 | Ann Wood
    WELLFLEET — If it’s determined that the decline of the eastern oyster on the Maryland and Virginia coastline represents a “significant portion” of the subspecies, the oyster could be added to the federal endangered species list, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service spokesperson Marta Nammack said Monday. A ban on oystering would significantly affect this town, where shellfish — oysters, in particular — are its biggest industry. Wellfleet oysters are a world-famous delicacy that accounted for more than $2.5 million of the town’s aquaculture, or shellfish farming, industry in 2002. About 100 families in town rely primarily on oysters...
  • Washington to Determine if Oysters are an Endangered Species

    07/09/2005 12:49:55 PM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 27 replies · 632+ views
    Cape Cod Times ^ | 9 July 2005 | Doug Fraser
    Red tide may be the least of Cape shellfishermen's worries this summer. In May, the National Marine Fisheries Service decided that the Eastern, or American, oyster is a candidate for endangered species status based on a petition they received in January. The agency has until Jan. 11, 2006, to decide. Fisheries service spokeswoman Teri Frady said yesterday her agency was in the process of putting together a panel of experts to study the issue. Eastern oysters are harvested in New England and on the Cape, accounting for more than $1.2 million in revenue for the Cape and islands aquaculture industry...
  • A Lunchtime Institution Set to Overstuff Its Last Po' Boy

    05/06/2005 7:33:23 PM PDT · by concentric circles · 14 replies · 1,153+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 27, 2005 | R. W. Apple Jr.
    New Orleans - Sam Uglesich grew up among mariners and fishermen off the coast of Croatia on rocky Dugi Otok, whose name means "long island," surrounded by the azure waters of the Adriatic. Twice he set out for the United States. The first time, he jumped ship in New York, but was caught and sent home. The second time, he made his break in New Orleans, then as now a more permissive city, and got away with it. Naturally enough, he opened a seafood restaurant in his adopted city, specializing in the local shrimp, soft-shell crabs, lake trout and oysters....
  • Raw oysters really are aphrodisiacs say scientists

    03/20/2005 8:10:41 PM PST · by Marguerite · 30 replies · 1,478+ views
    newstelegraph | 20/03/2005 | Adam Lusher
    Casanova, the 18th century lover who used to breakfast on 50 oysters, has been vindicated by a study that proves they really are aphrodisiacs. And spring, the scientists say, is the time of year the shellfish have their greatest aphrodisiac quality. The team of American and Italian researchers analysed bivalve molluscs - a group of shellfish that includes oysters - and found they were rich in rare amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones. The link was announced to 15,000 scientists in San Diego, California, at a meeting of the American Chemical Society last week. It generated possibly...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, November 24, 2004

    11/24/2004 4:49:42 AM PST · by RikaStrom · 364 replies · 2,451+ views
    The Verbivores | 11/24/01 | Teacher
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “word for the day”. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the “word of the day”; in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. ;-) Practice makes on.... gimcrack \JIM-krak\, noun, adjective: gimcrackery; noun 1. A trivial mechanism; a device; a toy; a pretty but useless or worthless object; a gewgaw. 2. Tastelessly showy; cheap; gaudy. The pages in the campaign paper trail released thus far give details on...
  • Rays run oyster project awry (Govt Planning at its best)

    08/24/2004 2:18:51 AM PDT · by leadhead · 24 replies · 1,054+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 8/24/2004 | SCOTT HARPER
    The first strike this summer in a much-anticipated “carpet-bombing” campaign to restore native oysters in the Chesapeake Bay has turned out to be a big dud. One million baby oysters, costing about $78,000, were scattered on an artificial reef in June in the Great Wicomico River , near the Virginia-Maryland border, and almost all of the transplants were devoured in one day by a school of cow-nosed rays. The kite-shaped cousins of sting rays, also known as skates or bullfish, are found commonly in the Bay during summer months. “We didn’t really know anything about the cow-nosed ray,” said Doug...
  • Clarification: Cows Vs. Oysters Story

    03/24/2004 5:40:13 AM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 162+ views
    AP ^ | Mar. 24, 2004
    Clarification: Cows Vs. Oysters Story Mar 24, 2004 The Associated Press MARSHALL, Calif. (AP) - In a March 17 story, The Associated Press reported that in 1998 about 170 people got sick after eating raw oysters from Tomales Bay. The story suggested that the origin of the virus was cow manure in runoff from dairy ranches washing into the bay. While the exact source of the -like virus was never determined, scientists believe it came from human waste dumped from a boat or a leaky septic system, according to Gregg Langlois, a marine biologist with the California Department of Health...
  • Gulf Oystermen Want Schwarzenegger to Lift Ban on Summer Oysters

    10/30/2003 9:51:07 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 6 replies · 104+ views
    TBO ^ | 10/30/03 | Cain Burdeau
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gulf of Mexico oystermen hope that California Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger will repeal his state's ban on raw Gulf oysters that have not been treated for bacterial contamination. Gulf oystermen have threatened to sue California over the ban that was imposed on an emergency basis in April and made permanent in September to prevent deaths from an oyster-borne microbe. "We're going to see if we can get the new governor's administration to concern itself with the issue," said Mike Voisin, chairman of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force. "What I've heard from the Schwarzenegger crew is that they...
  • Officials Introduce New Asian Oyster Breed To Chesapeake Bay

    09/30/2003 1:56:27 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 8 replies · 254+ views
    WBAL-TV 11 ^ | September 30, 2003 | The Associated Press
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use.Environmentalists Hope New Breed Will Revive Chesapeake's Shellfish Industry ACCOMAC, Va. -- One million disease-resistant Asian oysters, bred to grow plumper and faster than their native counterparts, are being introduced to the Chesapeake Bay in hopes of reviving the bay's suffering bivalve industry. Stan Allen, a geneticist at the Virginia Institute of Marine sciences, on Monday released fingerling oysters from orange nylon onion sacks into Folly Creek, a bay tributary. Allen has bred the Asian oysters, or Crassostrea ariakensis, to have three chromosomes, which renders them sterile and gives them a growing...
  • Clambake or Clambrake?

    08/09/2003 8:36:22 AM PDT · by Noumenon · 11 replies · 311+ views
    Local nickel ads paper | Aug 8, 2003 | Unknown
    Ad posted in the local Nickel's Worth weekly classified Hunting and Fireamrs section: TRADITION MUSSEL loader, 50 caliber, used 1 day. $200
  • STRAIGHT EYE FOR THE QUEER GUY - A fun fashion forum celebrating mullets, WD-40, etc.

    08/04/2003 7:29:58 PM PDT · by Chancellor Palpatine · 48 replies · 1,666+ views
    In an effort to be inclusive, this thread is for nonmetrosexual males (and likeminded women) to advise queer guys on their outfits, decor, vehicles, hairstyles, homes and hobbies. I've outfitted the thread with keywords toward this end.Enjoy.