The communities of Port Norris and the neighboring Bivalve were once known as the “oyster capital of the world”. Back in the early days it would be common to see hundreds of sloops (one-masted sailboats) and schooners (sailing boats with two or more masts) lined up along the tributaries of the Delaware Bay preparing to set sail and gather their oyster harvest.

Early in our country’s history Delaware Bay Oysters were harvested and enjoyed. In these early times Delaware Bay’s oyster beds were recognized as an important resource and legislation was enacted to create laws to prevent their pillaging.

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