EASTON, Md. — Oysters in waters from Tilghman Island south are turning up dead, and there could be any number or a combination of several reasons why.

The mortality is spotty, said Maryland Department of Natural Resources Shellfish Division Director Chris Judy, but still something watermen should keep an eye on and inform the department when they pull up dead oysters.

DNR is conducting its fall oyster survey. Meanwhile, it has been getting reports from watermen about this oyster season being a worse harvest year than last season.

The mortality levels depend on the bar, Judy said. A lot of areas have similar mortality rates compared to last year, he said.

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