Maine oysters go wild – and stay wild.

Researchers (including Sea Grant extension associate Dana Morse) are studying isolated oyster grounds in the Sheepscot River that may date back to the last ice age. Meanwhile, as the aquaculture industry has grown and coastal water temperatures have warmed, cultured oysters have begun to multiply on their own elsewhere, particularly in the brackish waters of the Damariscotta River.

Read the full story of Maine’s ancient native oyster population, and how cultivated varieties of the same species have gone wild in some Maine estuaries, in the February/March issue of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Magazine.