Carlton Haywood of Mathews, hadn’t heard about VMRC’s proposed regulations regarding oyster aquaculture opportunity zones before Tuesday, and after hearing about them, he’s not at all sure he sees the proposal as an opportunity for him.
A waterman for nearly 30 years, Haywood said he would have to know more about the proposal before he’d put his neck out, and even then, he doesn’t see himself investing in the necessary equipment and supplies—oyster aquaculture cages, buoys, corner markers, oyster seed, etc. That all takes a lot of money, and he already owns a boat and the equipment he needs to dredge oysters, gill net, and crab pot.
"It depends on how much is involved and what you’ll get out of it," he said. "If I could make any money and keep going and surviving, I’d do it. But if you’ve got to buy all the equipment and maintain it, what are you going to get out of it?"
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