Eastern Oyster

The eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) — also called Atlantic oyster or Virginia oyster — is a species of true oyster native to the eastern seaboard and Gulf of Mexico coast of North America. It is also farmed in Puget Sound, Washington, where it is known as the Totten Inlet Virginica. Eastern oysters are and have been very popular commercially. Today, less than 1% of the original 17th century population (when the original colonists arrived) is thought to remain in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, although population estimates from any era are uncertain. The eastern oyster is the state shellfish of Connecticut, and its shell is the state shell of Virginia and Mississippi.

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Eastern Oyster - Diseases
... "Dermo" (Perkinsus marinus) is a marine disease of oysters, caused by a protozoan parasite ... It is a prevalent pathogen of oysters, causing massive mortality in oyster populations, and poses a significant economic threat to the oyster industry ... Mortalities can reach 90% to 95% of the oyster population within 2 to 3 years of being seeded ...

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