The eastern oyster is commercially exploited as a source of food and shell. Oysters are valued not only as a source of food for humans, but for the habitat they provide for other invertebrates and fishes.
- Galtsoff, P. S. 1964. The American Oyster Crassostrea virginica Gmelin. Fishery Bulletin 64:1-480.
- Kennedy, V., R. I. E. Newell & A. F. Eble (editors). 1996. The Eastern Oyster Crassostrea virginica. Maryland Sea Grant, College Park, Maryland. 734 pp.
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