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Army Corps unveiling Chesapeake oyster plan

The Army Corps of Engineers is hosting the first of three meetings to discuss a master plan to restore Chesapeake Bay oysters.

The corps, which holds the first meeting Tuesday night in Annapolis, says the plan is the first comprehensive bay-wide strategy for large-scale oyster restoration. Nineteen areas, 11 in Maryland and eight in Virginia, have been selected for restoration. Those waterways include the Eastern Bay, Tangier Sound and the Nanticoke, Choptank and Chester rivers in Maryland. The Pocomoke, Rappahannock and James rivers are among the areas in Virginia.

The plan also calls for sanctuaries where harvesting won’t be allowed covering 20 percent to 40 percent of historic habitat.

The second meeting is April 17 in Hampton, Va., and the last is April 19 in Wye Mills.