Chesapeake Bay Oyster Expert Available

Article ID: 597354

Released: 14-Dec-2012 5:00 PM EST

Source Newsroom: Salisbury University

Expert Pitch

This year’s Chesapeake Bay oyster population is the healthiest in more than two decades, rising to levels not seen since the 1980s, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Chesapeake Bay expert Tom Horton, adjunct faculty in Salisbury University’s Environmental Studies Department, is available to speak with reporters regarding the history of oysters in the bay and the factors that have hurt and helped their populations throughout the decades.

Horton covered the environment for The Baltimore Sun for 32 years from 1972-2004 before leaving to become a freelance reporter and author. He has written seven books, including “Bay Country,” winner of the 1988 John Burroughs Award for the year’s best book of nature writing. The Sierra Club called him “one of this country’s most effective and profound environmental reporters” upon presenting him with its noteworthy David Brower Award. Other honors have included the prestigious Chesapeake Bay Foundation Conservationist of the Year Award.

To schedule an interview with Horton, call the SU Public Relations Office at 410-543-6030 or e-mail


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