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Oysters



In the News~

October 2, 1879 [SBMP]: “A bed of oysters has been discovered at the west end of Santa Cruz Island. The bivalves are said to be of fine flavor and unusually large, many of them being larger than a man's hand. Winemiller is having some oyster tongs made, and will shortly go after a load of these oysters, and the people will have an opportunity to test them for themselves.”


October 8, 1879 [REG]: “A bed of oysters has been discovered at the west end of Santa Cruz Island. They are said to be of fine flavor and unusually large.”


May 7, 1903 [SBMP]: “It will be remembered that a San Francisco firm went to considerable expense several years ago in planting oyster beds along the beach below Summerland as an experiment. There never has been any dredging done to ascertain whether the bivalves were thriving, but from the fact that an occasional oyster, much larger than those planted, is found on the shore indicates that they are at least growing, if not multiplying. The following is from the Summerland Advance: ‘Some boys picked up on the beach a few days ago a brickbat encrusted with small oysters, which had evidently been cast up by the recent southeaster. This is a very hopeful indication for the oyster beds, which were laid out in front of Summerland a couple of years ago, as it shows the seed oysters planted at that time are not only alive, but are propagating. The seed oysters when planted were two and three years old at the time they were planted. Roughly speaking, an oyster grows an inch in diameter a year up to three years, when the rate of growth is much slower. An oyster five to seven years old is of marketable size. As it would be hardly profitable to fish the original planting, we can hardly expect the beds to yield inside of three more years.’”