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12 FRIDAY, APRIL 6- MONDAY. APRIL 9. 2012 NgWS cape Gazette FILE PHOTO OYSTERS ARE GROWING on rip-rap coastline in the Inland Bays. Tiger team ready to pounce on oyster harvest Center for Inland Bays works to reopen leases By Melissa Steele fizzled in the 1970s ~er 0nly one of two required public hearings was held. The study is required The Center for the Inland Bays before the Division of Fish and is going tiger for oyster aquacul- Wildlife will issue a lease to har- ture. vest oysters. Dubbed the Inland Bays Oys- The economic impact of re- ter Aquaculture Tiger Team, a opening the Inland Bays to oyster new group aims to bring com- harvesting is significant. mercial oyster harvests back to Virginia sold $5 million worth of the Inland Bays. Inland Bays pro: oysters in 2010 and Rhode Island portents have 10ng kicked around sold about $2.7 million worth in the idea and now are getting seri- 2011. Harvests also provide full- ous about it. time and part-time jobs for the "I picked the name tiger be- area. cause it means you sink your Ed Lewandowski of the Univer- teeth into something until you sity of Delaware Sea Grant pro- get it;' said Rick Ealde, chairman gram said in Rhode Island the area of the CIB board of directors, harvested is about 150 acres. The tiger team, still in the That's a fraction of potential works, would be made up of a harvest areas available in Re- broad range of stakeholders in the hoboth Bay and other Inland Inland Bays. Their goal isto push Bays, he said. the state Legislature to open up the Inland Bays to oyster harvest- Oysters c:an do more than help ing. clean bays "We're giving ourselves a year In 2003, the CIB planted 13 oys- to do this," said Chris Bason,. exec- ter beds throughout the Inland utive director of the Center for the Bays, a number that has grown to Inland Bays. "We would like to see about 140 now. The beds were legislation introduced to the Gen- planted to help improve water eral Assembly by spring of 2013." clarity and quality. A single oys- Though the legislative process ter can filter 15 to 50 gallons of is a year away, Bason said he be- water a day. Fifteen bushels of lieves it will be easy to fred a bill oysters compensate for the annu- sponsor. "I expect a lot of legisla- al nitrogen waste of one person tors will want to sign on to this," going into the Inland Bays water- he said. shed, Lewandowski's presenta- This isn't the first time a group tion explained. has lobbied the Legislature to re- Combining the water benefits open the oyster beds. A resolution of oysters with an economic to approve a shellfish manage- stimulus would be ideal, said E.]. merit plan was submitted in 1979 Chalabala, CIB restoration coot- but never fully approved by the dinator. General Assembly. Likewise, ef- forts to produce a shellfish study Continued on page 17 friends ,ou is our Google + Cir Do You Experience ... Back & Neck Pain? Tension in the ShoulderS? Headaches? Insomnia? Poor Digestion? Numbness & Tingling in the Arms? Leg & Foot Pain? Specializing In .,. Relief from Pain, stress, Tension, Fatigue, Insomnia I Back Acupressure Hot Stone Bodywork I Foot Reflexology Chinese Herbal Foot Bath Gifl Certlficates Couples~Friends Falk.ins Welcome De Open 7 Days a Week lOam- 6pro 19323 Lighthouse Plaza Blvd., Unit 6, Behind QVC on Rt. 1, Rehoboth Beach 302-226-8868