Tal Petty, owner of Hollywood Oyster Company, says that oyster farms and sanctuaries were adversely affected by heavy rains which diluted the amount of salt in the water - an ingredient necessary for oysters to thrive. (Barbara Hoddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun video)

Hats off to The Sun for having the courage to suggest a more logical path to public efforts to enhance the natural oyster population of the Chesapeake Bay with all of its beneficial impact on water quality and the overall ecology of Maryland's aquatic treasure. I agree with the moratorium (“Chesapeake Bay oysters: Time to talk moratorium”, Feb. 18).

However, to be fair to the affected watermen, we need to redirect the current funds wasted on creating oyster beds for them to subsequently harvest into either establishing them as oyster farmers or assisting with job training to enter other careers.

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Plus, the farmed oysters are better quality and command a higher price.

Ernie Kovacs

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