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Virginia Marine Resources Commission
Don't give up on the Chesapeake Bay oyster
Don't give up on the Chesapeake Bay oyster

For nearly a century, oysters have been pummeled from two sides: us and nature. Our appetite for oysters has spurred overharvesting; at the same time, pollution has made oysters more vulnerable to disease, and sediment has smothered oyster beds. Conservationists, lawmakers and natural resource experts have been scratching their heads for nearly as long, trying to figure out how to save Crassostrea virginica populations. Now, solutions that give us hope are coming from us — and nature. The two states that contain the Chesapeake Bay — Maryland and Virginia — are both encouraging shellfish aquaculture as a way to ease the pressure on native wild oyster populations. Increasing...