Coastal Heritage Magazine: Oyster Reefs

"Lowcountry Living Shorelines: Restoring Carolina's Reefs," is the topic of the current issue of Coastal Heritage Magazine. The magazine is available in print in the BDC Research Room. For your convenience, the Sea Grant Consortium posts Coastal Heritage Magazine online at

Public libraries have a broad range of customers. Some customers prefer juicy tidbits of visual information. If you are one of these customers, view the "Beaufort County History Moments "Oysters" segment hosted by Natalie Hefter.

(She spends a lot of her time at Coastal Discovery Museum dealing with school groups. Accordingly, she delivers the crucial information that one needs to have quickly. By the way, Beaufort County History Moments are a collaboration of the County Channel, Beaufort County Planning Department, Beaufort County Library and the Coastal Discovery Museum).

For our customers who prefer to indulge their curiosity more deeply, some of the suggested reading materials that end the largest article actually can be accessed online – if you only ask a well-trained librarian to find them among the hidden web.

The "Shellfish Reefs at Risk: A Global Analysis of Problems and Solutions" report (2009) is available for download through the Nature Conservancy website using this URL: An update is found at

The Oyster by William K. Brooks published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 1996 is actually a republication of the original book published in 1905. The 1905 edition is available from Google books. URL:

The South Carolina Digital Library has Burrell's South Carolina Oyster Industry: A History online at We have print copies in the BDC under call # SC 664.94 BUR.

Ernest Ingersoll's The Oyster-Industry, 1881 is available online at

For our Library "Power Customers,” here are some items you can borrow, access through our subscription databases, find on our own content-rich “Virtual BDC,” or only by visiting the BDC Research Room:

Jeremy B.C. Jackson and others, co-authored "Historical overfishing and the recent collapse of coastal ecosystems" in Science magazine, vol. 293, no. 5530 (2001). The article is available through our subscription EBSCO Academic Search Premier database. You can get the current passcodes from any of the regular branch libraries as long as you have a valid Beaufort County Library card.

You can borrow Mark Kurlansky's The Big Oyster (2006) through the SCLENDS catalog.

Bluffton Branch will share its copy of The Unnatural History of the Sea by Callum Roberts (2007), call # 909.09 ROB with anyone who has a valid BCL or SCLENDS partner library card.

You can even get a recipe for "Oyster Dressing" from one of our Local History & Nature pages.

In the BDC we have a vertical file on "Oysters;" a document consisting of the text of a 1996-1997 Beaufort Museum exhibit called "Time & Tide: A Century of Oystering in Beaufort County," and a delightful audio-interview segment about "Oysters / Bluffton Oyster Factory" by Joni Kost on the "Postcards from the Lowcountry" DVD.

In other words, we have plenty to share on the topic of oysters!