WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Maryland senators say it is taking too long to approve oyster aquaculture projects in the state.

Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin wrote to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last week to express their frustration over the amount of time it has taken the agency to approve the projects.

The senators say the agency began reviewing permits more than a year ago. They also say the lack of momentum in the approval process is jeopardizing new fishery jobs and stalling economic opportunities for coastal communities.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (6)
  1. joe public says:

    These two Senators are clueless when it comes to the fishing industry. They are full of hot air and are part of the problem of representatives making decisions without the facts. (see the new Healthcare Bill)

  2. mike says:

    I’m guessing these two Socialist clowns aren’t seeing the taxes generated by this program.

  3. Brad says:

    You’re an Idiot Joe, you think the Senators are clueless over the Bay issues because of the Healthcare Bill? In 1900, Skipjacks were tonging 100,000,000 bushels of oysters a season out of the Bay. ONE HUNDRED MILLION BUSHELS! Today they are lucky to pull 50,000 a season. You think this is caused by the Healthcare Bill? Get some FACTS,

  4. joe public says:

    Brad the only idiot is the one who speaks without thinking. The Senators in question are the ones who voted yes for the Healthcare Bill before they read it. The comparision I am making is thay are putting thier nose in business “Oyster bottom leasing permits” that they do not really understand or care about. It is all about Federal money being dumped into programs. Know wonder the US is in a debt crisis. Our Government’s representaives answer to everything just throw money at it. Healthcare, oyster program two differnet things but the root of the problem is the same. Good think bay oysters can not be stamped made in China.

    1. larry g says:

      you are not very bright Joe , Healthcare or Oysters

  5. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    fustrated by the oysters, tsk, tsk, tsk, HOW ABOUT THE MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS IN THE STATE??????????????????????????????????????????????????

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