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Military-grade radar network watching for oyster poachers

Military-grade radar network watching for oyster poachers

In the 1860s, poachers struck at night, sometimes in black-painted ships with darkened sails, outlaws raiding protected oyster beds. Lawmakers formed an Oyster Navy armed with cannons, but this police fleet was outgunned in the oyster wars of the 19th century. Today, cannons are out and military-grade radar is in to protect Chesapeake Bay oysters. Radar towers and infrared cameras form a surveillance network fully implemented for the first time last oyster season, October to March. It will be watching again Wednesday when oyster season reopens for tonging and diving (dredging begins Nov. 3). "This system is providing the citizens of Maryland with a level of protection on the...

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