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Decision Sets Focus for Bay Oyster Restoration
September 3, 2009

According to information available from the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the commander set the agenda for Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration and ended the controversy over the introduction of a non-native species. The document signed by Col. Andrew Backus, known as a record of decision, ended an extensive five-year study and confirmed the Corps, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Maryland all agreed on an oyster restoration strategy focused solely on the native Eastern oyster.

The study, known as a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, or PEIS, began when state officials – facing a native oyster population ravaged by disease, over harvesting, and destruction of habitat – proposed the introduction of a the non-native, disease-resistant Suminoe oyster, a native of the China Sea, said Craig Seltzer, chief of Norfolk District’s environmental analysis section.

For more information, visit the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website.

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