Shore oyster farm on TV

Maryland's fledgling oyster aquaculture industry gets a little national exposure this week, as the Cooking Channel pays a call on the Choptank Oyster Co. near Cambridge.

In this week's episode of "Pitchin' In" a new series that appears to be the Cooking Channel's version of "Dirty Jobs," Chef Lynn Crawford learns the hard way that "farming oysters is a filthy, dirty job," according to the online show blurb.

The Choptank Oyster Co., also known as Marinetics Inc., is arguably one of the most established of the state's oyster farms.  It's been raising millions of oysters in floats since 1996.  Its "Choptank Sweets" and "Choptank Salts" are sold and served on both sides of the Chesapeake Bay.

The episode airs at 2:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 8, then again at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10.

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