Editor,

The DEP has canceled the oyster gardening project, with fears expressed in the attached press release.

Atlantic Highlands has long supported the program and its beneficial effect on our bay.  The fear held by our Governor is that someone will steal our oysters and sell them to customers, who will shut down the industry if they become ill.  The DEP has not documented any occurrence of oyster garden project oysters appearing on the market.

Joel DeWitt
Former oyster garden volunteer for Atlantic Highlands