At the present time, the state has approved 468 oyster aquaculture leases for only 7,593 acres of bay bottom. The acres under lease represent less than 3% of acreage available to the public fishery. Leases are not permanent and owners must abide by strict regulations for use and renew them periodically. There is no public interest served by permanently assigning additional acres of bay bottom, a common property public resource, to the public fishery and thereby limiting its availability for aquaculture.
Oyster farming is environmentally clean, sustainable and has been understood and practiced since the Roman Empire.