For the first time in its 55-year history of planting oysters to help watermen with their harvest, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is hiring private oyster growers to help it seed the Chesapeake Bay.
Prior to the change, the University of Maryland Horn Point Hatchery handled the seed and shell operations for both oyster sanctuaries and harvest bars. Using state money and a portion of charges levied on oystermen, the department worked through the Oyster Recovery Partnership to distribute Horn Point’s seed oysters in areas watermen thought would produce the best harvests.[Continue Reading]
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