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Jeremy Cox & Timothy B. Wheeler

Low salinity wallops oysters in Chesapeake

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The rains have finally let up, but they’ve dealt a serious blow to the Chesapeake Bay’s oysters — and to the people who make a living harvesting, cultivating or restoring them.

Oysters need at least a little salt in their environment to live and a bit more to thrive. The record-setting downpours that began last year and continued through the first half of this year flushed so much...

Oyster farming bills brewing in Virginia, Maryland legislatures

Jockeying has already begun in Virginia over legislation to determine the fate of the state’s coal ash pits, and new oyster-related measures are in the works in both Maryland and Virginia as the two states’ lawmakers begin their annual legislative sessions today.

In Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam last week declared his support of legislation that would require coal ash produced by...

Fisheries on both VA, MD legislative agendas for 2019

Oysters will be on the legislative menu in Maryland in 2019, while Virginia lawmakers will have menhaden on their plates. But for legislators gathering in both states in January, many of the environmental issues confronting them will be leftovers from previous years.

In Annapolis, environmentalists hope to capitalize on an infusion of dozens of newly elected legislators to push...

About Jeremy Cox & Timothy B. Wheeler

Jeremy Cox is a staff writer for the Chesapeake Bay Journal based in Salisbury, MD. Timothy B. Wheeler is the Bay Journal's associate editor and senior writer. He has more than two decades of experience covering the environment for The Baltimore Sun and other media outlets.

 

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