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Oyster Restoration Battle Continues For Local Watermen

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DORCHESTER CO., Md. - The battle continues for local watermen over oyster restoration.

Maryland's Department of Natural Resources recently started a project of putting thousands of tons of fossilized oyster shells into the Little Choptank River. Their goal is to help rebuild oyster reefs and restore the bay's heath, but some watermen feel it will only harm oyster growth, and they are trying to put a stop to it.

Their latest effort in the battle is to get lawyers involved, after a series of meetings, even with some government officials supporting them, failed to stop the project from moving forward.

"It's hard to believe with all these people that are against it in this area, and all the people that have looked into it, that there's been no slowing down of it what so ever," says Scott Todd, a waterman in Cambridge, Maryland.

Watermen say they are also concerned about the project's potential impact on what has already been a tough crabbing season.

For more information on the project, visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website.

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