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Researchers turn to oysters as pollution-tracking sentinels

Arcachon - French researchers hoping to get an early warning on pollution in the ocean have found an unlikely ally in a mollusc more often destined for the dinner table.

Frenchman invents lemony oysters in time for holidays

Marennes - A French seafood farmer is proposing lemon-flavoured oysters this holiday season, a delicacy he perfected after four years of trial-and-error experiments in his garage.

Warm weather brings warnings to shellfish lovers nationwide

As warm weather approaches, health officials from the Pacific Northwest to the coast of Florida and on up the East Coast are warning shellfish lovers of the dangers of eating raw or undercooked oysters or other shellfish.

PHAC investigating norovirus outbreak linked to B.C. oysters

A norovirus outbreak linked to B.C. oysters is now under federal investigation with PHAC taking the leadership role prompted by cases being reported in Ontario and Alberta, as well as B.C.

UNH researchers one step closer in predicting vibrio outbreaks

Reports from state health departments in New England show that the annual number of reported human cases of vibriosis from eating oysters have increased in recent years. Researchers wanted to know why this is happening.

Contaminated Cape Cod oysters sicken 75 people with Norovirus

Wellfleet - Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF), working with local health authorities have closed the shellfish beds in the town of Wellfleet due to a norovirus outbreak.

Canada recalls oysters from marketplace over Salmonella risk

Ottawa - Canadian company Five Star Shellfish Inc. is recalling Five Star Shellfish Inc. brand large standard and mixed oysters because of possible Salmonella contamination.

Acidic ocean wider threat than previously thought in U.S.

The increasing acidification of ocean waters is not only an environmental threat, but has become an economic threat, too, as the U.S. seafood industry grapples with yet another problem threatening the industry.

Oyster infection rates increase at night

Oysters that reside in shallow waters around the world are prone to a parasitic disease. This is because nutrient pollution there runs high and oxygen levels invariably plummet to zero at night.

Acid seas hit commercial shellfish production

Scientists have discovered that larval oysters and mussels are sensitive to reduced pH. This is due to rising levels of acidity in the world’s oceans.

Canadian oyster killing parasite isolated

Some tiny, elusive parasites that have plagued oysters from British Columbia to California have been detected and identified for the first time.

Mystery of the spherical shape of pearls revealed

Scientists have revealed how pearls form into the most perfectly spherical large objects in nature. Pearls are produced by living shelled molluscs.

Blasting oysters with electrons to prevent food poisoning

Austin - Researchers have studied how electron-beam pasteurization of raw oysters may reduce the possibility of food poisoning through viruses like norovirus and hepatitis.

Op-Ed: Mark Kurlansky — It is 'Time to Wake up and Smell the Fish’

I just finished reading a borrowed, autographed copy of Mark Kurlansky's book entitled “Cod, A biography of the fish that changed the world” and decided that this is a book that I must have in my shelf so I can read it again. I purchased my own copy.

Are herpes-infected oysters the latest victims of warm seawater?

In previous years, oysters infected with a herpes virus have been found on French coasts, but now they've also been detected in the UK. Most die of the disease, a problem for fishers and gourmets. Unusually warm seawater may be the cause.

FDA: Avoid Oysters Recently Harvested from Mississippi Area 2C

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising retailers and food service operators not to offer for sale oysters harvested between Feb. 24 and March 17, 2009, from Mississippi Area 2C.

Would you like some viagra with those oysters sir?

What happens when a 59-year-old who's just undergone prostate surgery sprinkles his viagra pills on his oysters in the hopes of speeding up his recovery for the bedroom?

''Affordable oysters'' - Mussels Make A Healthy Meal

HAMBURG (dpa) - The common mussel is of one of the sea animals that early humans would have tasted first and for residents of tidal areas - especially in autumn and winter - they still make a tasty meal.German fishermen take their cutters out daily to ...
 

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Shucking oysters at the OysterFest in 2015.
Shucking oysters at the OysterFest in 2015.
Wellfleet OysterFest
One hundred and four Vibrio parahaemolyticus isolates with the same DNA “fingerprint” were repor...
One hundred and four Vibrio parahaemolyticus isolates with the same DNA “fingerprint” were reported to PulseNet from persons in 13 states who became ill from May 12, 2013 through August 19, 2013. Of the 104 Vibrio parahaemolyticus isolates, 76 have been serotyped and all 76 were found to be serotype O4:K12.
CDC
Picking oysters by hand at low tide  Willapa Bay  Washington.
Picking oysters by hand at low tide, Willapa Bay, Washington.
PD-USGOV
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Picking oysters by hand at low tide  Willapa Bay  Washington  October 1969.
Picking oysters by hand at low tide, Willapa Bay, Washington, October 1969.
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Five Star Shellfish Inc. 100-count (Shipping tag).
Five Star Shellfish Inc. 100-count (Shipping tag).
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DISCOVERY: Drakes Bay and Drakes Estero are thought to be where English explorer Sir Francis Drake l...
DISCOVERY: Drakes Bay and Drakes Estero are thought to be where English explorer Sir Francis Drake landed in 1579.
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Scientists Develop Predictive Modeling Tool That Estimates the Likelihood of Vibrio Parahaemolyticus...
Scientists Develop Predictive Modeling Tool That Estimates the Likelihood of Vibrio Parahaemolyticus Presence.
University of New Hampshire
Chargrilled oysters at Uncle Bubba s Oyster House.  Savannah  GA  June 2012
Chargrilled oysters at Uncle Bubba's Oyster House. Savannah, GA June 2012
Dr. Dennis Apeti  Mussel Watch scientist  brings up a trawl full of oysters for testing
Dr. Dennis Apeti, Mussel Watch scientist, brings up a trawl full of oysters for testing
NOAA
Picking oysters by hand at low tide  Willapa Bay  Washington.
Picking oysters by hand at low tide, Willapa Bay, Washington.
PD-USGOV.