On the Deck of an Oyster Boat, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland
When a cargo has been hauled in, the boat steams back to the wharf. There the oysters are taken to a "shucking" room where they are opened. Some of the oysters are shipped in iced containers to fish markets all over the United States. Some are sent to factories to be canned. Part of the shells are ground up for fertilizer and chicken feed, and the rest is dumped back in to the oyster beds.
Oysters live in shallow water near the shore. These shell fish are found all along the Atlantic Coast from New Orleans to Cape Cod. The greatest oyster region is Chesapeake Bay and the second best is Long Island Sound. We take so many oysters out of the Atlantic that it is necessary to restock the waters. This is done by sowing young oysters in beds. The young fasten themselves to rocks and shells. They become full grown when five years old.
Oysters make up about one-third of the total value of all the fish of the United States.