Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Oyster aquaculture creating water-use conflicts

A co-operative of watermen want to place thousands of oyster growing cages in the shallows off her backyard. "We put the pier in to give the kids access to the cove," said Queen, who worries the cages may injure kayakers and jet skiers. Her neighbors are concerned about the noises and odors that typically accompany the seafood trade.

"I don't want to look at it. I don't want to listen to it," said Julian Cox, who grows oysters off his dock to help clean the bay's murky waters. Watermen counter that the operation will hardly be noticeable. "You're not going to see anything," aside from boundary markings and low-powered workboats, said Ken Smith, chief operating officer of the cooperative, Oyster Company of Virginia. The conflict is one that government regulators expect to see more of as oyster aquaculture becomes more common in the bay and its tributaries. Read more ...

This blog is written by Martin Little The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers
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