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Shellfishing ban threatens holiday oysters

When it comes to the holidays, there are some things you just can’t do without. “Oysters are top of the list. We have to have oysters for Thanksgiving, it's a must.”

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Clear to me

I agree with Shawn Smith. It was clearly stated that only shellfish would be affected by a ban. Having a shrimp boat in the picture was not misleading to me either. Keep the great reports coming!

Oyster Ban

I am a former educator and wanted to let the reporter for this item know that association of a shrimp trawler (picture) with this article is misinformation. Shrimp would not be affected by a ban on shellfish. Shellfish are oysters, clams, and other bivalves. They are filter feeders that strain the water to obtain their nourishment. (That's why the possible ban after heavy rains.) Shrimp are not filter feeders. In this area most oysters are gathered by hand or are "tonged" by individuals. Both TV and newspapers "educate" people as well as "inform". Reporters need to know the subject or consult with local experts.

Not So Misleading

I don't think the fact that a fishing vessel was shown briefly in the story implies that all fish are included in this ban, it merely represents a visual of the commercial fishing industry which is being affected by the ban. In fact, the story text explicitly states, "After a heavy rainfall event like this past week, increased runoff can create higher level of bacteria in our waters - making oysters, clams, and mussels unsafe to eat." Anyway, didn't confuse me when I saw it!