Eastern Shore Delegation Against Oyster Plan

Members of the Eastern Shore delegation met last week and reportedly came out against the plan to restore oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. Eastern Shore Senator Richard Colburn was among those who came out against the plan, saying it would cause substantial harm to the livelihood of area watermen. The Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture Development Plan would increase the amount of oyster sanctuaries in the Bay from 9-percent to roughly a quarter of the quality oyster habitat. It would also encourage the adoption of aquaculture by increasing leasing areas and streamlining the permitting process.