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Fall oyster survey shows good results

Results of Maryland’s 2012 Fall Oyster Survey show that oyster population and reproduction increased for the second consecutive year, and diseases, which decimated the oyster population in 2002, remained far below their long-term averages, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday.

“We are finally witnessing our native oyster begin to grow and rebuild,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley, crediting “hard work, commitment and strategic investments” for the improvement.

O’Malley’s 2014 capital budget includes $9.5 million for restoration work in Harris Creek and Little Choptank River sanctuaries, and an additional $500,000 for aquaculture loan assistance through a state-run business assistance program.