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Jim Russo – There When Rhode Island Aquaculture Started Taking Off – 1999

This event opened my eyes early on to the agenda and absurd nature of aquaculture, and public enhancement with aquacultured shellfish.  While this steamer clam project was going on, there were unfathomable amounts of wild steamer clams and steamer clam seed in Narragansett Bay, especially at Conimicut Point. The steamer clam seed literally carpeted the bottom a foot thick. The amount of steamer clam seed planted by this early public enhancement program was infinitesimal compared to the natural set. It was literally an absurdity! Let experience do the talking!


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This Is What REAL (WILD) Oysters Look Like-Any Questions?

Just so there is no confusion-this is what REAL (WILD) native Rhode Island oysters look like!!!

A product of natural selection and biodiversity, the difference between real (wild) oysters and cheap aquaculture imitations is obvious. Notice the color, size, and texture of the meat in these mature wild RI oysters. Compare this to the cheap imitations you may be eating at trendy and hip oyster bars -YOU DECIDE!

Man can only DREAM of making/growing oysters like these!!!!

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Jim Russo’s REAL OYSTERS Italiano-Look at the SIZE of those beauties!!!!  Notice how TINY the plate looks! These things are like eating oyster steak on the half shell!!! 

This is what REAL oysters look like!!!!  Oysters-Natures best aphrodisiac-LOADED with natural zinc!!!!

Consumers Ate Washington State Aquaculture Oysters Sprayed With DDT Like Pesticides for Decades Without Ever Knowing It-Public Outraged!!!!

This story originally appeared 4/15

Just when you thought you have heard the most absurd reasoning from the aquaculture industry, they completely out do themselves-PUBLIC OUTRAGED!!!!!

The following stories show the true nature of the aquaculture industry. Judge for yourself!

Washington State Turns to Neurotoxin Pesticide to Save It’s Aquaculture Industry-What Could Go Wrong????  “A pesticide from the group of chemicals linked to colony collapse disorder will now be sprayed in US waters. What could go wrong?..”

Chefs ‘horrified’ by Plans to Spray Pesticides on Oyster Beds-“To discover that something we love like oysters, thought to be grown in the pure water … to suddenly learn that pesticides are being used, I think that people will be shocked and have questions.”…

Disbelief Over State Plan to Spray Neurotoxin Into Oyster Beds-Public “SHOCKED!” “The state of Washington has approved plans to spray in Willapa Bay a neurotoxic pesticide that has a warning right on the bottle: “Do not apply directly to water.” What could go wrong?…”

5/15 Followup Story-Shellfish Producer Backs Away From Pesticide Spraying-Customers OUTRAGED!!!  “Washington state’s largest shellfish producer says it is bowing to public pressure and will not use a pesticide recently approved for use in water to control a shrimp that makes it hard for oysters to grow…”

Entertaining photo caption might read-‘Would you like some expensive trendy tiny shrimp to go with those expensive trendy tiny oysters?’

Anthony Pane serves oysters at the Walrus and the Carpenter seafood restaurant in Seattle, May 13, 2011. Dining in or around Seattle offers a profound and exhilarating sense of place that even the most celebrated cities and regions can't offer. (Stuart Isett/The New York Times) -- PHOTO MOVED IN ADVANCE AND NOT FOR -- USE - ONLINE OR IN PRINT - BEFORE JUNE 12, 2011.

Anthony Pane serves oysters at the Walrus and the Carpenter seafood restaurant in Seattle, May 13, 2011. Dining in or around Seattle offers a profound and exhilarating sense of place that even the most celebrated cities and regions can’t offer. (Stuart Isett/The New York Times) —



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Think Wild and Aquaculture Oysters Are The Same? Think again….

How is it possible that ounce for ounce, aquaculture oysters have half of the most prized nutrient that gives oysters their reputation as a superfood as wild oysters-zinc, yet they are still called oysters?

The consumer should know that aquaculture oysters have half the amount of zinc as wild oysters, The consumer is naturally confused by this lack of differentiation when buying ‘oysters.’ Rename aquaculture oysters so the consumer knows what they are buying are not real oysters.

Maybe calling them Faux Oysters would be appropriate! SO HIP AND TRENDY!!!!!


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Most Absurd Aquaculture Propaganda Story Ever

How Probiotics Can Save the East Coast Shellfish Industry is an epic propaganda fairy tale and real life example of how the egotistic grandeur of academics that want to control nature, and own the intellectual property of natural selection, push their flawed agenda. These “wicked smart” people (we’re the experts and you’re not) in the intelligentsia (NOAA, URI, RWU) conveniently forget to differentiate between saving naturally disease ridden aquaculture with probiotics, and natural wild shellfish that stay disease free due to natural selection. Naturally selected shellfish, like incredibly abundant wild quahogs and clams, and offshore scallops, will never need  the ridiculous intervention of humans to make them better.

The concept of dipping wild lobsters that show signs of shell disease in this man-made probiotic “Kool Aid” is the the height of absurdity!!!!

The interesting part of this story is the public is never informed that disease is the number one issue for aquaculture oysters. Knowing this important fact might make consumers think twice before flocking to hip and trendy and upscale oyster bars where they eat these cheap, man-made imitations of real oysters that are prone to disease.

Its no wonder the comments I left about this story were removed from the website!!!!!  Thanks to Free and Common, those comments are posted here.

Read Original Story…(I would be seriously embarrassed to call the pic of an oyster in the linked story an ‘oyster’-totally nasty looking! JR)

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Friends Dont Let Friends Buy Farm Raised Shellfish

Research from Oceanus (online magazine that explores oceans) supports why Friends Don’t Let Friends Buy Farm Raised Shellfish!

The photo is of a clam bed lease in Wellfleet Harbor, MA that was infected with QPX (quahog parasite unknown), which is an infectious Trojan horse clam disease. Wellfleet Harbor will never be the same after man selected which clams should grow instead of letting nature select the clams through biodiversity. Since all of the planted clams are essentially the same genetically, disease goes right through the population like wildfire.
Note in the linked story that Rhode Island is one of the only clam producing states that has not had an outbreak of QPX. This is because there are virtually no clam farms in Rhode Island due to strong opposition from the “Quahoggers“-the wild clam diggers and they grow too slow in RI’s cold waters.

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French Aquaculture Oyster Blight-View into Future of U.S. Aquaculture

This is a great story that clearly shows that ‘it’s not nice to fool with mother nature’. As man meddles with aquaculture and crops become more inbred, the chances for environmental disasters like the French Oyster Blight are more likely.

Support Free and Common fisheries that support coastal communities and educate yourself on aquaculture which destroys free and common access to wild fisheries resources.p34newspystersAFPgetty


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Aquaculture Turned Industrial Aquaculture – Puget Sound, WA

images (2)I witnessed this destruction of environment and the privatizing of public resources first hand when I lived in the Puget Sound,WA area 2005-08.  Save Rhode Island from this! See for yourself….

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Images of Industrial Aquaculture

images (1)This is what industrial aquaculture looks like. Is this where we want to be in Rhode Island? Your voice matters!

More images of industrial aquaculture….Click to view

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