Governor’s Oyster Council unveils recommendations to improve industry

Restoring the reefs, building a hatchery and mapping the water bottoms. Those are among the key recommendations from the governor’s Oyster Council, which held its final meeting Tuesday morning.

“As we move forward, we have one aim in mind,” said Chairman Dave Dennis, as he opened the council meeting. “And that’s enhancing the oyster industry.”

The Oyster Council chairman admits it is a formidable challenge to reach the council’s stated goal of one million sacks of oysters by the year 2025, but with the right recommendations, he says it’s achievable.

“The three meat and potatoes things are habitat restoration-creation, aqua culture program and the reef acreage in the sound,” Dennis explained.