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9:20 am
Wed December 3, 2014

VA Governor Extends Coastal Management Program

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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order that continues the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.

McAuliffe signed the order Tuesday in Hampton.

The program is a network of state agencies and local governments that's designed to protect the natural and economic assets in Virginia's coastal regions.

The Department of Environmental Quality serves as the lead agency for the program.

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10:09 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Delaware Officials Seek Input on Aquaculture at Workshop in Lewes

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials are continuing to seek public input on developing regulations for shellfish aquaculture in Delaware's inland bays.

Officials planned to hold a second public workshop Wednesday evening at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control field facility on Pilottown Road in Lewes. 

The workshop is intended to gather additional public input before proposed regulations are formally initiated.

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8:54 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Shellfish Aquaculture Coming to Delaware

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REHOBOTH, Del. (AP) - Delaware's status as the only state on the East Coast that does not have a shellfish aquaculture industry is about to end.

A bill to be signed Wednesday by Gov. Jack Markell creates a new commercial shellfish aquaculture that officials say could provide economic benefits while improving water quality in Delaware's inland bays.

The bill authorizes the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to direct and control aquaculture activities within the Inland Bays and to set criteria for leasing sites.

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9:37 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Aquaculture Project in Delaware

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Commercial shellfish aquaculture is a multimillion dollar business in states up and down the East Coast, but not in Delaware.

Delaware is the only coastal state without a commercial shellfish aquaculture industry, but officials with the Center for the Inland Bays are exploring the possibilities of creating one.

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