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Nonnative Oysters in the Chesapeake Bay
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chesapeake Bay Commission requests that the National Academy of Sciences conduct a study to review current research, evaluate risks and benefits associated with the use of non-native oysters in the Bay, and prioritize additional research needed before a responsible decision on C. ariakensis can be made.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this evaluation should, at minimum, address the following questions:
What are the probable consequences, if any, of introductions of populations of C. ariakensis, either intentional or unintentional, in Atlantic coastal environments?
What are the potential risks, if any, of establishment of reproducing populations?
What procedures could be taken to minimize those risks?
What is the most important research required to reduce the uncertainties in these predictions?
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Chesapeake Bay Commission requests that the Academy conduct this study in a time-sensitive manner, if possible within one year.