RE: Oyster Festival Asbury Park,NJ 9-14-08
Interesting....I wouldn't be surprised if Asbury Park, being not that far from NYC, might have had rich oyster beds in its waters at one time, too.
I mention New York because I believe there was a recent book based on the oyster beds in New York harbor...NYNM, do you recall the name of the book? I think some local paper published reviews/excerpts from it...anyway, apparently up until the twentieth century New York's waters, in the harbor, and in estuaries of the Hudson River had thriving oyster beds...street carts selling oysters were as common as hot dog stands are now in Manhattan...the oysters were so plentiful that they were dirt cheap, and considered food for the "common man."
Of course, pollution and overconsumption put an end to that bounty...but it looks like there are some attempts to "re-seed" these oyster beds in New York's waters...wonder what will become of this effort.