The Great Shellfish Bay

H.L. Mencken called the Chesapeake Bay the "great protein factory." And that it was, for close to two centuries, as watermen harvested oysters, clams, crabs, and striped bass from its wild waters. But in the past several decades, aquaculture for hard clams and oysters has taken off in both Maryland and Virginia. We look at some points of interest along the way.

Drag your mouse over the markers on the map to for information about these locations:

Choptank River Delaware Inland Bays Nanticoke, Maryland St. Mary's area, Maryland Rappahannock, Virginia Cheriton, Virginia

Note: Locations on this map are approximate.

Sources: 1. University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science; 2. Don Webster, Aquaculture Regional Specialist; 3. Washington Post; 4. Chesapeake Bay Journal; 5. Chesapeake Bay Journal; 6. Baltimore Sun

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