Will Georgia’s Fledgling Oyster Industry Sink Before It Swims?

The man who wants to put more oysters on restaurant platters says Georgia lawmakers may be trying to put a lid on his business.

 When Bob Rheault, executive director of the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, saw legislation written to legalize oyster farming in Georgia, he said his first thought was: “They don’t really want an industry, do they?”

Rheault, some environmental groups, and shellfish farmers say Georgia’s new industry could be sunk before its launch by onerous regulations and the 2019 legislation that created it. Lawmakers and state officials dispute that charge.

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