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Eastern oyster given preference over Asian

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Scientists say the native Eastern oyster can be brought back from near extinction in Chesapeake Bay if the U.S. government steps up efforts.

Scientists, environmentalists and watermen said restoring the Eastern oyster is a superior plan to replacing it with an import from the China Sea, The Virginian-Pilot newspaper reported Monday.

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Jay O'Dell, a scientist with The Nature Conservancy said federal, state and local governments have spent about $58 million on restoring the native Eastern oyster since the mid-1990s. O'Dell said $520 million over

10 years is needed to do the job.

Disease, pollution, overfishing and lost habitat has decimated Virginia and Mayland's oyster industry.

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