One of the things I love about working for Roseda is that I get to have all kinds of really cool adventures with some awesome people in the food industry. I was invited to attend a Chef’s Field day on the Chesapeake Bay, hosted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Commercial Fisheries Division. Steve Vilnit was our host and guide and was incredibly knowledgeable!
We saw watermen out on the bay harvesting blue crab, visited a crab picking factory, and a commercial fish trap. At Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture, we learned how important oysters are to the health of the bay. One oyster filters the algae out of 50 gallons of water each day! I learned about the food chain and how important sharks are to the health of the bay, yes sharks. Sharks eat sting rays and sting rays eat oysters. When a shark is killed, the sting rays become more populous and devastate the oysters. The circle of life is so important to the environment, whether it is the nitrogen and carbon cycles of grass – cow – cow patty – insects – soil or Chesapeake Bay algae – oyster – stingray – shark, it’s all very important and fascinating. Many thanks and much appreciation to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources! — Mike