Maryland’s oyster population has more than doubled since 2010 because of high oyster survival in the past few years and strong reproduction in the Chesapeake Bay, according to the state’s 2013 fall oyster survey.
The survey, released by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, said the oyster population is at its highest point since this type of monitoring began in 1985.
“Preliminary harvest reports for the past season have already surpassed 400,000 bushels — with a dockside value in excess of $13 million — the highest in at least 15 years,” said DNR Secretary Joe Gill.
“Coupled with the survey results, we have reason to be cautiously optimistic a sustainable oyster population can once again play a vital role in the bay’s ecosystem and Maryland’s economy,” Gill said.
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