Restoring Oysters to Delaware

Bay

7:11 min   |   English  |  2011

Director: Michael Oates

Narrator: Don Wescott

Oysters were once called "White Gold" because they generated enormous wealth for maritime communities along Delaware Bay.

 

Once almost 1 million bushels were harvested annually, but disease killed more than 95% of the Bay's population in the late 50's, reducing the harvest in Delaware to less than 14,000 bushels annually. Now there is an effort to restore the oyster population.

 

302 Stories also independently produced a major broadcast documentary on this history entitled "White Gold."

Funded by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Inc. and the Delaware Humanities Forum.

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