With A Recovering Oyster Population, Delaware Raises Annual Harvest Quota
by Katie Peikes, Delaware Public Media
Posted: 2018-01-25 16:23:52 EST

Delaware's oyster quota is up this year, allowing commercial fishermen to harvest more bushels this season.

The state's approximately 180 licensed oyster harvesters will be able to harvest more than 16,300 bushels of oysters total – a 43 percent increase from the 2017 quota. The state increased the quota by 7 percent last year.

The oyster population has been slowly bouncing back ever since two diseases hit in the 1960s through 1990s. A disease called MSX hurt the population in the 1960s and 70s. Oysters were devastated by another disease called Dermo in the 1980s.

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