Farming vs. fishing


We’re in an “R” month, and that means oysters. Chesapeake oysters, to be precise. But as many of you know, the populations of Bay oysters are at record lows, which puts watermen and oyster consumers on new, unsteady ground. Do we continue our wild oyster harvest, as one of the last places in the world to do so? Or do we embrace oyster aquaculture and grow the oysters mollusk aficionados demand?

Celebrated Chesapeake author Tom Horton discusses the future of Chesapeake oysters in an article in Southern Maryland Online today, and sums up nicely the fishing/farming quandary facing the industry. “Must the rise of farming mean goodbye to the wild? And is it on balance a bad thing or just a new thing?”

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