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Oyster ban possible in Chesapeake Bay

Dogged for decades by overfishing and parasites, the oyster population in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay has fallen so low that there’s only one way to save it, a new study says: Halt fishing entirely.

The study by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science recommended that drastic step, its author said, because nearly 100 percent of the oyster population has been lost since its peak in the early 1800s and more than 90 percent has been lost since 1980. The declines were based on the oyster population in 2009.

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