Letter: Clams filter water just like oysters
What kind of science is it when its practitioners can twist facts to suit their own purposes? Using the massive resources of the state and prestige of a highly regarded university, the VMRC unsuccessfully attempted to take down a major part of my family aquaculture business.
The reader is referred to case #07-1164 heard before the sitting commission in Newport News on 3/25/08, at which a VIMS scientist testified against me, saying that clams were a source of nitrogen pollution and did not clear the water. I got no answer to a letter asking him what the difference was between oysters and clams.
With regards to filtration capabilities, there is little if any difference, yet both the VMRC and its twin one-eyed sister at Gloucester Point (a contemporized, politically correct version of the Cyclops) use that claim—oyster filtration—as a key feature to get public support for oyster restoration. Snuggling in the capacious bosom of a state-run enterprise, the VMRC knows a good deal when it sees one.
If your goal is reducing the inflow of excessive nutrients, then put scarce dollars into projects that work. Leave oyster production to people with means and desire to get that job done. If you can find them, read "The Present and Potential Productivity of Baylor Grounds in Virginia, April 1981," by Haven, Whitcomb and Kendall.
George B. DeMarco