Easy Answers Won’t Solve the Chesapeake Bay’s Oyster Puzzle

Some thoughts on the Chesapeake Bay’s oysters, and the unthinkable – a ban.

Cutting Maryland’s oyster harvests in the mid-1980s by 40 percent would have resulted in a sustainable harvest last year of 1.9 million bushels – instead of 23,000 bushels. In Virginia’s Lynnhaven Inlet, oyster restoration, combined with a sanctuary, has increased oysters an estimated tenfold despite diseases.

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