New Haven, Connecticut

#tbt - An oyster house on the New Haven shoreline in 1872 as provided by ConnecticutHistory.org. The Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica), designated as the state shellfish in 1989, is a bivalve mollusk that grows naturally in Connecticut’s tidal rivers and coastal bays and is cultivated in seeded beds in Long Island Sound by oyster farmers. Oysters, long a favored and dependable food source of the area’s native peoples, also became a diet staple of early European settlers, who quickly learned how to cultivate and harvest oysters from the Long Island Sound. During the colonial period, many Connecticut fishermen began to focus their labors exclusively on the collection of wild, or naturally occurring, oysters. This activity triggered a depletion of the natural beds and threatened the existence of the species in local waters. In the early 18th century the first colonial laws regulating the taking of oysters in Connecticut waters appeared, and some of the earliest town records (in Stonington and Groton, for instance) relate to the separation and designation of individually parceled oyster grounds. New Haven, Connecticut 1872 #natureprimeshot #conservation #coastalnewengland #ayits #getoutsidect #connecticut #cthistory #newhaven #goexplore #ayearinthesound #getoutdoors #tbt #createcommune #naturalnewengland #createexplore #oysters #naturalconnecticut #saltlife #longislandsound #exploreeverything #explorect #newsday #explorenewengland #createandcapture

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