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DNREC Holds Public Aquaculture Meeting


LEWES, Del.- The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control held a public meeting Thursday night in Lewes to discuss Delaware's recent aquaculture bill. The law will allow shellfish farming in the Inland Bays.

The meeting gave people the opportunity to be involved with the specifics of the bill.

Zina Hense, a scientist for DNREC's Division of Fish and Wildlife, has been dealing with the actual rule making process. She wants to get the people who the bill will affect involved.

"We don't have a defined idea that we're absolutely sure of for regulations right now, we want to get the big questions posed today," she explained. "Where we would like to see this shellfish aquaculture, what gear types, what species... so we're checking in with all the stakeholders."

Joshua Thompson plans on adding oyster farming to his job list once everything is allowed. But he wants to make sure everything is done smoothly.

"I think we've made a lot of progress but we're kind of going back, taking some steps back to where we've already been," he said. "So I'm hoping they look at some of the work the Tiger Teams already done and we've had a lot of these details already hashed out so I'm hoping we'll move forward from that."

There was some argument at the meeting regarding location.

One man stood up and said, "you're talking about a tremendous amount of traffic on one very small area in Rehoboth Bay, very small."

But DNREC assured him that everything will be figured out in a way to make everyone happy.

There is not a specific timeline figured out yet regarding when the specific rules will be decided on, and DNREC is still open to public opinion.


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