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Eastern Oysters

Eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) occur in coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, from Canada to Mexico. Oysters are filter-feeders and can clean large volumes of water over a relatively short period of time. Reef structures formed by oysters are complex and provide refuge for hundreds of other species, including the juvenile stages of several fishes. The bulk of eastern oyster harvesting in Florida occurs on the Gulf coast, primarily in the Panhandle and Big Bend regions.



Oyster Study Sites

Map of current oyster sites monitored by the Molluscan Fisheries group at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Eastern Oysters Species Account

Species accounts provide a summary of biology and fishery information. The accounts provide life history information, statewide landings, trends in catch rates, and results of recent stock assessments.

Molluscan Fisheries Publications - Eastern Oysters

Eastern oyster research publications.


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