Captain John Smith explored and mapped the Chesapeake Bay in 1608. He said Oysters lay thick as stones in the waterways.
Something I am reminded about while reading the information here - Oysters are like bi-valves that help keep the river system clean by filtering and processing contaminants.
Storm water run-off containing yard fertilizer, animal waste and other contaminants have decimated the oyster population.
Not an oyster lover myself and now less so.