Compromise in the works for Delaware Bay oyster aquaculture

Jeff Tittel of NJ Sierra Club reportedly dropped threatened opposition to an aquaculture compromise bill proposed by State Senator Jeff Van Drew after the senator’s office agreed to hold public hearings on the issue.

The underlying issue is the use of specific Delaware Bay beaches designated by the state as oyster aquaculture culture. But the beaches are also used by migrating shorebirds and so some environmentalists wanted to keep the farmers off their oyster farms during the spring migration season. The farmers argued this was impossible.

On a larger scale, I expect that public opinion was that this issue was destined to be a compromise issue from the beginning. The only direct impact of the measure here at Money Island is that presumably some of the state’s aquaculture application procedures will evolve as a result of this new action. While we don’t grow oysters in cages on the beach here, we still must navigate a cumbersome and outdated  application process for other projects.

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