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Gerald Cardinale

Seafood under guard: Group raises oysters on naval base

Past the gates and security checkpoints, down the miles of reinforced pier where train cars load ordnance aboard warships, beneath the waves and the watchful eye of the United States Navy, sit the world's most heavily-guarded shellfish. For three years, the environmental group NY/NJ Baykeeper has been growing tankfuls of oysters at Naval Weapons Station Earle, a military base in the Leonardo section of Middletown Township. ( reports it's one of the few places in New Jersey they say they can raise the shellfish without running afoul of state regulations. "Here, nobody can get into our oysters to poach them," said Meredith Comi, the oyster...