Sustainable aquaculture, or not?

Cape Gazette
By Diane Maddex
October 10, 2014

Residents along Little Assawoman Bay and Beach Cove turned out some 200 strong Monday night to pose questions to DNREC and other state officials and to voice their strong concerns about the oyster farming program set to begin shortly in the Inland Bays.

I represent residents who will be impacted by industrial-level fishing close to their homes and whose use of our pier and the bay itself will be severely limited. Several weeks ago we and our neighbors detailed these and other problems - navigation hazards, sights, sounds, smells, shellfish viability, sustainability, questionable economic benefits, and related issues - to DNREC Secretary David Small. We have provided numerous recommendations to mitigate the program’s effects and hope to work with all the parties involved to find common ground.

But most important, I want to speak out on behalf of all people who use and love these bays.