ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Department of Natural Resources
says oysters are surviving at the highest rate since 1985.
The department says results of its fall oyster survey show 92
percent of oysters were found alive in samples taken baywide. The
two-month survey sampled 263 oyster bars throughout the bay.
While heavy rains last year caused high mortality in some areas,
the department says lower salt levels throughout the bay helped cut
diseases that have devastated oyster populations. DNR says the high