price effects. However, if growth in the harvest is extremely rapid as a result of the recovery of C. virginica or through the introduction of C. ariakensis, significant price declines could result.

  • Recreational and amenity benefits associated with the Chesapeake Bay are large relative to the dockside value of recent commercial oyster harvests. Because the magnitude of recreational and amenity benefits is closely linked to water quality, management actions that reduce the level of nutrient inputs or that accelerate the rate of nutrient clearing can be expected to yield increased recreational and amenity benefits. To the extent that increased oyster populations contribute to accelerated nutrient clearing, policies that foster increased native or nonnative oyster populations will yield increased recreational and amenity benefits.

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