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Plump, nutritious, and there for the taking—until the oystermen of Chesapeake Bay got greedy. A century ago, William Brooks, university professor and oyster commissioner, warned of the coming calamity if the dredgers, tongmen, shuckers, packers, brokers, and dealers didn't lay off nature's larder and start farming oysters to meet the huge demand. His gem of a book, The Oyster, now reissued, sounded a timely warning. Few listened.