Editorial: Optimizing oysters and red knots requires patience, adaptability

Red knots and Horseshoe crabs, Delaware Bay

PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – Efforts to accommodate the oyster farmers and protected shorebirds using the beach and near-shore waters of Delaware Bay have really only just begun.

New Jersey declared a moratorium on harvesting horseshoe crabs, whose eggs are critical for red knot survival, just a decade ago — a blink of the eye to a species largely unchanged in 445 million years.

Ten years is how long it took conservation groups to get the federal government to list the red knot as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. That only happened in 2015, so more intense oversight and protection have only had a few years to work …

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