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From the Maryland Sea Grant Archives

Maryland's Oysters
Research and Management

By Victor S. Kennedy and Linda L. Breisch

This critical review and synthesis of literature on the eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica, was published in 1981 for fishery resource managers, researchers and students of marine biology. While out of print for a number of years, we continue to get requests for photocopies of it, a testament to its value as a resource. It not only brings together the most important literature written on the eastern oyster up to 1981, but also synthesizes this extensive material into an overall, analytical examination of the species. It was the first complete review of oyster literature since 1952. Chapters in the book include Biology of the Oyster, Managing Maryland's Oyster Industry, Questions for Further Research, Summary and References Cited. The last section of the book includes the Annotated Bibliography of Chesapeake Bay Oyster Literature; produced earlier as a separate publication and as the final chapter of this book, it summarizes selected literature and also includes an index.

Because this work remains useful, we have decided to make it available online in a fully searchable pdf format. Creating these pdfs involved scanning text characters and images in the book and reformatting them. Since it is possible that the scanning process may have introduced errors, if you have any question about accuracy, you may want to check a copy of the original printed document at libraries or download an electronic, non-searchable version from the Pell Depository: http://nsgl.gso.uri.edu/mdu/mdut81003/mdut81003index.html.


Maryland's Oysters: Research and Management
Searchable pdf version

  1. Introduction (~ 80 KB)
  2. Biology of the Oyster (~ 560 KB)
  3. Managing Maryland's Oyster Industry (~ 550 KB)
  4. Questions for Further Research (~ 60 KB)
  5. Summary (~ 60 KB)
  6. References Cited (~ 170 KB)
  7. Annotated Bibliography of Chesapeake Bay Oyster Literature (~ 180 KB)