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Briefing Date:08/12/2003
Topic:Non-native Oysters in the Chesapeake Bay

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Ocean Studies Board
Committee on Non-native Oysters in the Chesapeake Bay

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Congressional Briefing
Tuesday, August 12, 2003 -- 3:30 p.m.
Annapolis, Maryland

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Non-native Oysters in the Chesapeake Bay

The state governments of Maryland and Virginia are considering the introduction of an Asian oyster to the Chesapeake Bay; the oyster is resistant to the diseases that, along with overfishing, have decimated the bay's native oysters. This new report, from the National Research Council, evaluates the risks and potential benefits of introducing the oysters, and assesses the plan to put a million sterile oysters into the bay this summer as a test.

This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on August 14, 2003 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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