State Roundup, June 2, 2016

PROTECTING THE BAY, OYSTERS: The influence of a few vocal oyster watermen over the direction of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is getting embarrassing, writes the Bay Journal’s Tom Horton in Not only has DNR caved in to demands to fire certain respected scientists who have helped protectthe bay and oysters, DNR’s most recent cave-in  seemed the worst yet, because the agency opposed carrying out the very science upon which state law requires it to base sustainable management of oysters.