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Delawareans Divided Over Oyster Farming in Sussex County

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MILLSBORO, Del.- Oysters are causing a big commotion in Sussex County.

"I've got a business. I don't want to see all of these tourists leave because they're going to take the ground like this," Clifford Copp said.

If oyster aqua-farming comes to Delaware, up to 5 percent of the Rehoboth and Indian River Bays and 10 percent of the Little Assawoman Bay could be closed to boaters.

"You let that law get changed then there's no stopping them," Copp said.

But Robert Robinson, a would-be oyster farmer, said the benefits would outweigh the impact.

"It would be great to have a local product that Delawareans could be proud of," Robinson said.

The oysters would also help clean up Delaware's bays.

"I think it's a really good idea to clean up the bays and more fresh water. I like the fishing and the crabbing in that," Ed Sanders said.

But Sanders is also worried about over-regulation.

"I really don't want to give DNREC too much more influence over the area than what they exert already," he said.

Currently, Delaware is the only state on the Delmarva Peninsula without aqua farming.

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