Maryland’s oyster beds are suffering

As oyster numbers fall, there are less to filter the water, and it is harder to establish new larvae in barren areas.  Maryland’s plan, presented by Governor O’Malley, would dramatically expand oyster sanctuary to 8,640 protected acres with a continued increase as the long-term plan.  This Washington Post article says the sanctuary might not affect the local food industry very much, as most oysters eaten on the Chesapeake Bay are imported.  However, the days of the free roaming oystermen might be in decline, as restricted areas may encourage folks to farm oysters, rather than hunt for them.

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