Oysters as Part of Your Food Plan?

Oyster shells were used for everything from food to paving roads.  Over-harvesting is one of the causes for the loss of oyster beds in some parts of the United States and around the world.

Oyster shells were used for everything from food to paving roads. Over-harvesting is one of the causes for the loss of oyster beds in some parts of the United States and around the world.

Many people living in coastal areas are relying on the sea for a source of protein during a life changing event.  That’s probably great if you have a boat with enough fuel to get away from all the other people who will be doing the same thing.  There are other things to consider when thinking about the oceans as a source of protein.  Aside from the obvious dangers involved with competition for food and all the nasty business that goes along with that, there could be contamination of the water and the creatures living in it.

If there is an event of such magnitude, it is possible that sewer systems will fail and that people will indiscriminately use the coastal lands and waters for their privy needs.  The waters will become polluted with everything from human waste and be passed on to the sea creatures that live there.  Shellfish may become contaminated and in turn cause any manner of illnesses among humans, which can then be spread from person to person.

Complicating the matter is the fact that oysters are fast disappearing along most of the U. S. coast line.  Habitat along the east and west

Oysters are expensive in stores and restaurants.

coasts has been destroyed, contaminated, or the oysters have fallen to diseases.  Oysters have been over harvested, creating another problem to overcome.  Workers in those regions are trying to save the oyster beds and rejuvenate the oyster population.  Because of this most oysters harvested in the United States are commercially harvested in the Gulf of Mexico and its bays.

Oyster farming is becoming popular in some regions.  Some of the “farms” are for the purpose of taking the oysters to market.  Others are for the purpose of starting and tending to new oyster beds in an effort to restore oyster beds to a region.  Which ever purpose oysters are being raised, it is labor intensive and hard work.

If you want to enjoy oysters, now is the time to do it.  Individuals can harvest them and preserve them for use later.  You may freeze them, smoke them, or can them.  Preserving them means you can enjoy the free protein harvest now and later.  Well, not completely free since you will need fishing licenses and you will have to do some work.  But you have to work regardless of the product you are preserving, right?

For more information about oysters, oyster habitats or oyster farming and harvesting visit this Oyster Recycling web site.  You’ll be surprised what you can do with an empty oyster.