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Md. Oyster Commission Looks to Counties for Harvest Plans

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- Maryland oyster officials are considering having each of the state's county oyster committees create individual, county-specific plans for harvesting the mollusks.

The Oyster Advisory Commission, which began meeting in July, is planning to present state officials with recommendations on possible changes to the state's oyster sanctuaries and public fishery areas.
    
In a meeting Monday, Sen. Stephen Hershey urged the group to accelerate the timeline so counties can have a plan in place by the time the 2017 harvesting season begins in October.
    
The proposed changes could include recommendations for rotational harvesting, a type of oyster management program that involves opening certain oyster bars to harvesting by watermen for a period of time; as well as closing certain bars temporarily for restoration.

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