Maryland Oyster Shell Recycling Bill To Be Signed Into Law | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Maryland Oyster Shell Recycling Bill To Be Signed Into Law

Play associated audio
The use of discarded adult oyster shells is key to nurturing young populations.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/overton_cat/2189811638/
The use of discarded adult oyster shells is key to nurturing young populations.

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley says he will sign legislation to promote the recycling of oyster shells. The bill provides a dollar a bushel tax credit for empty oyster shells, up to $750 a year.

Oyster shells collected from processors, restaurants and others are needed for restoration efforts because young oysters raised in hatcheries prefer to attach to adult oyster shells, which are in short supply.

Oysters are a key species in Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts because the filter-feeders help improve water quality. The oyster population in the Chesapeake, however, is at less than one percent of the level found when European settlers arrived.

The governor's office says O'Malley will also sign bills to regulate shark-fin harvesting and give farmers more certainty about how Chesapeake Bay restoration regulations will affect them.

NPR

'Passages' Author Reflects On Her Own Life Journey

Gail Sheehy is famous for her in-depth profiles of influential people, as well as her 1976 book on common adult life crises. Now she turns her eye inward, in her new memoir Daring: My Passages.
NPR

Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.
NPR

Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Go To The Border To Court Voters

Republicans have won every statewide office in Texas for 20 years, but the growing Hispanic population tends to vote Democrat, and the GOP's survival may depend on recruiting Hispanic supporters.
NPR

In San Diego, A Bootcamp For Data Junkies

Natasha Balac runs a two-day boot camp out of the San Diego Supercomputer Center for people from all types of industries to learn the tools and algorithms to help them analyze data and spot patterns in their work.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.