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Great article in "Save the Bay" magazine. It was interesting to learn about both sides of the issue, and managers' work to protect both the fisheries and the rays.

Restoring the Chesapeake Bay oyster population is an important ecological and economic goal. Protecting the cownose ray is a apecies conservation obligation. The two efforts should not be in conflict, and a closely monitored commercial fishery for the cownose could be vital. The challenge is the staffing and cost of any monitoring activity to essentially protect the cownose species.

Perhaps an initial population inventory and monitoring activity could be a grant project that could help answer the benefits and dangers associated with a ongoing harvesting of the cownose ray by bay fishermen. Don't know if there is even a Sea Grant program any longer and if so whether it would support such and effort. Suggest the CBF look into that possibility.

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