Charting a new course

Published: Saturday 30 November 2002

-- In a novel approach to marine protection, a private company handed over 4,653 hectares along the bottom of the Great South Bay to an environmental organisation. The deal -- struck between Bluepoints Oyster Company and Nature Conservancy -- aims to restore sea habitat, improve water quality and protect many critical plant and animal species along us coastlines.

The underwater property is located near Long Island and valued at about us $2 million. Although the firm will retain the right to harvest oysters from the site, other fishing companies are likely be kept out. Research and education activities will also be conducted at the newly created undersea preserve along with restoration and sustainable harvesting.

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