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Oyster Restoration Planned for Eastern Shore

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The Manokin and Nanticoke rivers are expected to be targeted for oyster restoration.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they would become the fourth and fifth Chesapeake Bay tributary to undergo restoration of their oyster reefs.

They are among a list of eight potential sites.

But there has been some sharp opposition from watermen the choice of the rivers.

The paper reports that Robert Brown, president of the Maryland Watermen’s Association, says that his organization would like to see restoration done on the Western Shore.

Specifically, he says those sites would be in Breton Bay in St. Mary’s County and the Severn River in Anne Arundel County.

He says that unlike the sites on the Eastern Shore they lack a strong bivalve presence.

The Daily Times reports that $50 million in state and federal funds have gone to three sites on the Mid-Shore.

These are Harris Creek, the Little Choptank and Tred Avon.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.