An employee of the Hollywood Oyster company sorting and counting fresh oysters at the company farm in the waters of Chesapeake bay near Hollywood, Maryland, on March 20, 2014. – AFP
Mollusk population in Chesapeake Bay improving; they help keep the waters clean through filter-feeding.
Cage after cage, oysters destined for a sprinkling of lemon juice and a delighted diner are pulled from the majestic Chesapeake Bay, where 20 years ago they had nearly disappeared.
“Those will be at the restaurants tomorrow,” says Tal Petty, 55, an oysterman who has worked these waters for 40 years.
Today, the mollusk’s reintroduction is playing a vital role in the health of the bay and Petty is quick to point out the dual ecological and gastronomical benefits.