Time to ban commercial oyster harvest

February 08, 2010

After reading "Oysters vs. oysterman" (Feb. 7) I can't help but feeling dismayed that we still have not totally banned the commercial harvest of a once plentiful shellfish. The fact that the bay contains less than 1 percent of its previous oyster population tells me that this one is a no brainer. Maryland's oyster population has been decimated not only from disease but from severe overharvesting both legal and illegal. Gov. Martin O'Malley's got it right. Let's save this important species now or the oyster and the waterman will be a thing of the past.

George Osing, Ellicott City

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