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.

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For second time, Atkins, Collins square off in District 41

Cape Gazette
By Chris Flood
October 10, 2014

Democratic candidate John Atkins and Republican candidate Richard Collins are facing off in the Nov. 4 General Election for the Representative District 41 seat.

Democratic incumbent John Atkins and Republican challenger Richard Collins are the two candidates running for the Representative District 41 seat. These men squared off two years ago, with Atkins winning by just 69 votes, 4,421 to 4,352.

This district represents the residents of Millsboro, Dagsboro, Frankford and Selbyville.

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Residents voice feelings on aquaculture

Coastal Point
By Laura Walter
October 10, 2014

After a recent uproar about the potential impacts of shellfish aquaculture in the Inland Bays, local residents gathered at a massive meeting hosted by state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. and state Rep. Ron Gray this week to express their concerns. 

In creating an aquaculture program, the State of Delaware is juggling environmental issues with navigational concerns. That means shellfishing must coexist with boaters, crabbers and sea turtle mating grounds. But, ultimately, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control was tasked by the state legislature to create a viable aquaculture industry, emphasized Secretary David Small of DNREC.

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Residents question aquaculture's economic benefits

The News Journal
By Molly Murray
October 7, 2014

Residents with a million dollar view of Delaware's Inland Bays on Monday questioned, among other things, the potential economic benefits of the state's shellfish aquaculture plan.

State officials believe shellfish farming in the bays will improve water quality and created a new industry with an estimated value of $4.5 to $5 million.

"What you're trying to do is completely change our life," said Willie Coffey, who owns a home at The Cove along the east side of Indian River Bay. "For $5 million bucks, it's nothing."

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Federal grants aim to bring oyster farming to state

Delaware Business Daily
By Doug Rainey
October 6, 2014

Representatives from the University of Delaware and the Center for the Inland Bays joined with U.S. Sen. Tom Carper  to announce two federal grants to  further determine the potential  oyster farming in Delaware’s Inland Bays.

“These grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce and USDA Rural Development will look into the business potential for Delaware shellfish aquaculture,” said Carper. “Oyster farming is a win-win for Delaware, since oysters improve water quality and farming will create another local industry that provides jobs. There is good work being done in Delaware by both public and private partners, and these grants will help further that research.”

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Oysters in our backyard? Not so fast

The News Journal
By Molly Murray
October 3, 2014

Diane Maddex worries that her peaceful existence along the shallow and still waters of Little Assawoman Bay will soon be ruined by new rules that allow commercial oyster farming on the waterway.

She and other residents want state environmental chief David Small to change the agency's newly adopted shellfish aquaculture regulations, saying the rules "will transform the character of Little Assawoman Bay and Beach Cove from one of tranquility to that of an industrial fishing operation."

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Shellfish Aquaculture in Delaware’s Inland Bays Status, Opportunities, and Constraints

By John W. Ewart, Delaware Sea Grant Program: College of Earth, Ocean and Environment(CEOE) University of Delaware
In cooperation with Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) & Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)
 
July 2013

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