Joe Moro sold his restaurant in West Chester, Pennsylvania, several years ago and retired to North Cape May and the life of a Delaware Bay oyster farmer. Now he spends five days a week doing manual labor on the mud flats of the bay at low tide, growing oysters known as Cape May Salts… But the success of the industry, now at about nine growers, and talk about its expansion have raised concerns among environmental groups… a team of Rutgers University researchers, led by Brooke Maslo of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, is in the second year of a three-year study to examine the effects of intertidal oyster farming on the birds. Maslo said the team, which includes conservation biologists and aquaculture research faculty, is trying to determine whether the oyster racks themselves have an impact on the birds’ ability to forage, in the absence of people. They are also examining whether activities such as power washing of oysters affect the birds, she said.
/ / / Scientists seek ways for oyster farms, red knots to co-exist on Delaware Bay