WASHINGTON — A state report to the Maryland Oyster Advisory Commission has drawn criticism from some environmental groups.
The report, which suggests opening up to 1,000 acres of habitat to watermen, has alarmed groups such as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. It issued a statement saying there is no scientific justification for the change.
“The draft plan heavily weighs the desires of the commercial seafood industry to harvest in sanctuaries,” said Alison Prost, the foundation’s Maryland executive director, in a statement.
“Sanctuaries are our best hope of restoring the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay,” Prost said.