Vanguard of the Oyster Industry
Looking southwest over Norwalk Harbor. Norwalk Cove Marina (left) hosts the annual Norwalk Boatshow.
Connecticut, Norwalk especially has always been on the vanguard of the oyster industry. Legends exist about foot-long oysters with five-pound meats, growing in beds big enough to restrict navigation. For the last half of the 19th century and for two decades into the 20th, the oyster was the most popular shellfish in the United States. Connecticut was blessed with natural oyster beds spanning many square miles, and it held the crown as the bivalve's major producer. Those of you who thought that these tasty mollusks were under-appreciated will be happy to know that Connecticut named the oyster its state shellfish in 1898.
Oystering in the Constitution State peaked in the 1890's when Connecticut proudly possessed the largest steam powered fleet of oystering boats in the world. The state led the ranks in oyster harvest (annual yield hovered around 2 million bushels) directly for food as well as seed oysters.
Through the 1900's, production faltered, due mostly to pollution and over harvesting. Efficient aquaculture programs have paid off over the past 30 years, and although Connecticut is not the largest oyster producer in quantity ( Louisiana is), its oysters are regarded as the highest in quality, with their sweet taste, ideal texture, and consistent size.
- Norwalk Oyster Festival (Labor Day)
- SoNo Arts Celebration (South Norwalk)
- Coastal Fairfield County Convention & Visitors Bureau (800)-866-7925
- Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk (203) 852-0700
- Norwalk Islands (Grassy, Shea and West Chimon Island – public)
- Sheffield Island (lighthouse tour / wildlife refuge)
Navigation & Anchorages
There are two ways to enter Norwalk Harbor: via Cockenoe Harbor to the east and Sheffield Harbor to the west. Peck Ledge Light at Cockenoe Harbor 's entrance is located 7nm from Bridgeport 's entrance channel. Sheffield Harbor 's Grees Ledge Light is located 6.7nm from Huntington, New York 's flashing red bell buoy (#6) and 5.1nm from Stamford Harbor 's breakwaters.
Submitted by Onshore Magazine