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Last Meeting For DE Oyster Farms Regulations

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - DNREC is again meeting with Delawareans to hear their input about making oyster farms a reality.

The once-contentious law is in its final stages before regulations become official. The three Delaware bays that would see the growth are Rehoboth, Indian River and Little Assawoman Bay.

At the last meeting, officials discussed marking farm territories, which could cost aqua-farmers $4,000-5,000 an acre.

"That's going to be on the grower to figure out how to pay for that, but I think the cost can come way down," said E.J. Chalabala, Restoration Coordinator at Center For The Inland Bays. "Say five or 10 people want to lease at first, maybe more, we can have those surveyors come out and do those in a matter or one to three day."

Regulations are expected to be finalized by July.

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