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STEVENSVILLE — Watermen from Kent, Queen Anne’s and Dorchester counties want to plant fresh shells for oyster spawning season and clean oyster bars, but they’re having a hard time doing it.
 
“All we want to do is spend our own money. We’re not asking the state for a penny, and they’re really fighting us on this,” Kent County Watermen’s Association President Chuck White said.
 
Emergency legislation was introduced last week that would require the Department of Natural Resources to authorize county oyster committees to purchase up to 400,000 bushels of fresh oyster shells that haven’t gone through hatchery production.
 
Currently, Sen. Richard Colburn, R-37-Mid-Shore, said DNR only allows county oyster committees to buy shells from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory, the hatchery that works hand in hand with DNR on oyster production.
 
However, Horn Point only has about 60,000 bushels of oyster shells available, and watermen want to buy more than the laboratory has for their own shell seeding program they want to do in the Eastern Bay.
 
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Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is required by state statute to appoint someone to the Board of Fisheries by today, Tuesday, May 19. However, his efforts to fill the seat have gone unfulfilled since he took office in January. The seven-member board serves as an in-state fishery management council for fisheries in state waters.

The resignation of Walker’s director of Boards and Commissions, Karen Gillis, fanned the flames of controversy late last week.

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Keith Decker, president and COO of High Liner Foods, will take over for the outgoing CEO, Harry Demone, who will assume the role as chairman of the board of directors. The Lunenburg, Nova Scotia-based seafood supplier boasts sales in excess of $310 million (American) for the first quarter of the year.

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