Revival of polluted bay leads to increase in oyster consumption

04/05/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

California – Efforts made to revive the once polluted Chesapeake Bay have led to the collection of more oysters and growing demand for the mollusks among diners. As reported by AFP, the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) has introduced billions of oysters into the bay over the last decade to restore the ecological system that had been negatively affected by disease, overfishing and pollution.

As noted in the report, oysters in the bay were scarce two decades ago leaving it without it’s natural cleaning and filtering system. With the reintroduction; however, much of the ecological balance of the bay has been restored.

Tal Petty, 55, an oysterman who has worked the waters of the Chesapeake Bay for decades, is quoted by the AP as stating, “Two years ago, I started a million and a half oysters, last year I started almost 3 million oysters and this year I started almost 4 million… We are really lucky that chefs and customers love the taste profile of this cove, this is very, very good oyster water.”

Petty created Hollywood Oyster after leaving the finance industry five years ago.

Tony Kowkabi, owner and manager of oyster bar Catch 15, also stated of the demand, “Chesapeake Bay oysters are delicious, we are in the neighborhood, it makes sense for one of the best oysters in the country to be on my list.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – California News

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