Bill introduced to correct problems in Little Assawoman Bay
SB 77, a bill to correct problems with the planned aquaculture program in Little Assawoman Bay, was introduced in the Delaware Senate on May 3 under the cosponsorship of Senator Gerald Hocker, Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, and Rep. Ron Gray.
UPDATE: ON JUNE 14, THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE APPROVED THIS BILL, WHICH NOW GOES TO THE FULL HOUSE FOR PASSAGE. IT HAS ALREADY PASSED THE SENATE. GOVERNOR JOHN CARNEY WILL SIGN IT AFTER HE RECEIVES IT.
A summary of the bill is as follows:
As a result of the passage of the in Inland Bays Aquaculture Act, numerous ongoing concerns have been raised during subsequent public meetings and a public hearing. As a result of those meetings, the Secretary's Order No. 2016-W- 0049 reduced the number and location of leasable sites, and eliminated oyster aquaculture in the Little Assawoman Bay. This Act seeks to ensure the following: sites eliminated in the Secretary's Order cannot be considered for leasing for aquaculture; the elimination of poles as a form of markings of any and all leased sites within the Little Assawoman Bay; and limiting all aquaculture leased sites in the Little Assawoman Bay to hard clams only.
The full text can be found in the separate attachment or by going to https://legis.delaware.gov/Senate. Click on Bills and Resolutions.
This is a welcome move for all who love Little Assawoman Bay and want to protect it.