The growing oyster aquaculture industry on the Delaware Bay tide flats may be harming an endangered migratory shorebird, a new study says… Oyster farmers on the bay and environmental groups trying to save the robin-sized red knot from extinction have spent the year trying to find ways to coexist. The study may make that more difficult, especially because the oyster growers want to expand operations north to prime red knot foraging areas… Lisa Calvo, aquaculture program coordinator with New Jersey Sea Grant at Rutgers University, sharply criticized the study. Her husband also is one of the oyster growers… Calvo said the study presents no evidence of impact on horseshoe crabs, was based only on "one single summer" and more data is needed for a clearer picture. She noted that emergency funding is in place to study the impacts for two years, so the study release at this time was "unfair and premature."
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