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Maryland Establishes Coastal Bays Aquaculture Development Workgroup

by Ellen Hardy
17 June 2008, at 1:00am

US - A new 10-member Coastal Bays Aquaculture Development Workgroup, to develop recommendations to address the issues and opportunities associated with aquaculture in Marylands coastal bays has been set up by Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The workgroup’s efforts will focus on:

  • Identifying the major obstacles to aquaculture operations in the Coastal Bays;
  • Identifying opportunities to support aquaculture; and
  • Developing strategies to minimize user conflicts.

The group held its second public meeting on Monday.

"Across the state we have seen a renewed interest in shellfish aquaculture," said DNR Secretary John R. Griffin.

"We now have a timely opportunity to develop new local businesses that can utilize renewable natural resources to create sustainable economic benefits. Aquaculture has the potential to provide ecological advantages to the bays, while also seeking to minimize other user conflicts.

"The individuals appointed to the workgroup bring a broad spectrum of scientific knowledge, history, and personal connection to the bays, and I look forward to receiving their recommendations," added Mr Griffin.

Recommendations by the workgroup may ultimately lead to policy changes that impact coastal bays shoreline property owners.

Ellen Hardy