Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy’s Choptank Riverkeeper Matthew Pluta said he submitted a Public Information Act request for all information and all correspondence related to oyster restoration work in Maryland between the governor’s office and Talbot Watermen’s Association President Floyd “Bunky” Chance and Delmarva Fisheries Association Chairman Robert Newberry. Pluta said he also submitted a request for information of the same scope to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
“We’re so dumbfounded by the situation that we did a (Public Information Act) request to find out what’s going on,” said Jeffrey Horstman, executive director of the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy. “We want to have access to these records ... We’re working to find out if there is any legitimate information that maybe we don’t have. But right now, we don’t see any legitimate reason to shut down (the oyster restoration work in the Tred Avon River), and we’re waiting on the results of the PIA request.”