NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP)- The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is asking fishermen, boaters and coastal residents to be on the lookout for missing oyster cages.
Foundation spokesman Chuck Epes says that high winds, ice and snow caused about 175 cages to break loose and drift off into the bay. As of Tuesday, about 70 cages have been found.
Epes says the cages are used by Tangier Island watermen to grow oysters. They are about 3 feet long, 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep and are fixed to black plastic floats.