Coos Bay oysters and the men who cultivate them are featured in a new Oregon Public Broadcasting episode of 'Oregon Experience."
The episode also highlights several other oyster communities on the Oregon coast.
People can preview the episode, titled 'Oregon Experience: The Oystermen," at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Coos Bay Public Library, 525 W. Anderson Ave. The showing is free.
The episode airs on OPB at 9 p.m. Monday, April 18.
The Coos Historical & Maritime Museum helped with some of the episode's content through a scrapbook that entices investors into the oyster business, said Vicki Wiese, the museum's collections manager.
The scrapbook highlights the economic benefits of the oyster business and shows photos of oyster beds and heaps of shells.
'It comes from a time when anything is possible," Wiese said.
Native Americans harvested oysters for thousands of years before white settlers, she said. The first modern cultivation and harvest of oysters in Coos Bay occurred in the 1930s.
'It's a sustainable industry."
Today, approximately 70 percent of the state's commercial oyster harvest comes from Coos Bay, she said.
'Hopefully it'll show people in the rest of the state some of the things we have to offer, and they'll come visit and buy some of our local products."
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