Plans scrapped to introduce Asian oyster
- April 7, 2009
Officials from Virginia, Maryland and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have dropped plans to introduce a fast-growing Asian oyster in the Chesapeake Bay.
Instead efforts will be focused on replenishing the bay’s native oyster population, which has been devastated by overfishing, pollution and disease. The bay’s current oyster population is about 1 percent of 19th century peak.
Studies have been conducted over the past five years to determine if the Asian oyster could be safety introduced in the bay. State and federal officials concluded that the Asian oyster posed an unpredictable risk to native oysters.