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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Saving Virginia's Oysters

Perhaps a better question would be: Does the oyster industry deserve to be saved? Certainly, but the track record of those in the industry and those responsible for the health and well-being of the once-prolific native oyster have missed the mark.

Aquaculture with genetically altered native and exotic oysters is being pursued by a small number of growers with limited success.

To save the oyster industry in Virginia, you get on the right horse –– one that has developed new technology and reef design. One that has built, and starting in 1994 deployed, experimental artificial Harvestable Oyster Reef Modules (HORMS) at permitted sites in the Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay. This work was funded entirely by the private sector.

The native oyster can regain economic viability, and the entrepreneurs that do it will whistle and hum all the way to the bank.

Robert W. Jensen

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