Some oyster fishermen on the Coast are feeling that the Department of Marine Resources (M.D.M.R.) isn not doing enough to bring back the oyster supply after the BP oil spill killed off the majority. One of the fishermen’s biggest concerns is the way the oyster beds are being replenished. Right now, the M.D.M.R. is using limestone and ground up concrete to help bring back the oysters. Many fishermen believe they should be using recycled oyster shells instead.
Brian Rice, a commercial fisherman, says, “This is not right. We have a natural product. We were once the highest producers, now we're not. Oyster fishermen are going out of business. Shrimpers are going out of business. Look, no shrimp.” The M.D.M.R. says they understand the fishermen's frustrations and they are doing all they can to help the seafood industry.