The Oyster Industry

  • J. L. McHugh
Part of the Lecture Notes on Coastal and Estuarine Studies book series (COASTAL, volume 10)


It may be difficult now to imagine that the oyster was the chief fishery product of the United States less than a hundred years ago. Landings in 1982 were about 54 million pounds of meats worth about 76 million dollars, which was less than one percent by weight and about three percent by value of all fishery products landed in the United States. In 1880 the value of oysters alone was about 35 percent of all fishery products landed. By value, in 1880, New Jersey ranked first, Maryland second, New York third, Virginia fourth, and Connecticut fifth. Together, these five states produced about 81 percent of the oysters grown in the United States.


Private Ground Public Ground Oyster Culture Oyster Ground Oyster Mortality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. L. McHugh
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  1. 1.Marine Sciences Research CenterState University of New York at Stony BrookLong IslandUSA

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