National Fisherman

York-Poquoson Circuit Court Judge Alfred Swersky heard argument Monday as to whether he should revisit the ongoing efforts of Seaford oyster farmer Anthony Bavuso to use his property for oyster farming.
Swersky did not issue a decision following Monday’s arguments. He will release a decision at a later date, at which point he will either agree to hear further argument on Bavuso’s new bid for a judgment siding with him or will rule in favor of York County Attorney James Barnett, who is asking Swersky to decide that the matter has already been sufficiently adjudicated.
Monday’s hearing covered Bavuso’s new bid as well as motions filed by his parents, Salvatore and Margo, and his neighbor, Jonathan Smith. All three want Swersky to decide their property around Seaford is allowed to be used as part of Bavuso’s oyster harvesting operation. Swersky also heard argument from Barnett, who is seeking an injunction against Bavuso that would explicitly bar him from using his property as part of the oyster operation.
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The state’s fishery was independently assessed as a scope extension of the MSC certified Oregon pink shrimp fishery, which achieved certification to the MSC standard in December 2007 and attained recertification in February 2013.


NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

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