Oysters and other bivalves have been invasive species around the world for decades, especially on the East Coast and Great Lakes area, and have caused massive declines in much of the local animal population. Seeding Asian oysters in the Bay might seem like a good idea, but it can't be beneficial in the long run.
Importing Asian oysters to the Chesapeake is treating a symptom, not the problem. The Asian Oysters are preferred due to their resistance to a parasite that has been devastating the native population. However, the problem does not go away. The real problem is over-harvesting. Oyster fishermen are harvesting more oysters than the bay can create. The real parasite endangering bay oysters is man. Instead of spending $17 million to research the Asian oyster impacts on the bay, use that money to pay oyster fishermen to not fish for oysters, much like farmers get paid to not grown strawberries.
There was a very through study done on the effectiveness of releasing and seeding the Chesapeake Bay with Asian oysters. The report basically stated that this was not a cure-all decision and it's possible that the Asian oyster may push out what little is left of the native species. I think this decision is best left up to the residents surrounding the Bay and profiting from the Bays fishing. It should be determined through a vote.
I don't believe that Asian oyster seeding in the Chesapeake Bay should be banned because the area is losing oysters at a rapid pace and oysters are a large part of that areas income and identity. It remains to be seen if the Asian oyster seeding will be a good idea or not, but I think it should be tried.
Asian oyster seeding in the Chesapeake Bay should not be banned. Although there are risk involved, such as the Asian oysters becoming a pest in the Atlantic environment, the benefit would be a revival of the Oyster industry in the Chesapeake Bay. If Asian Oyster seeding is banned in the Chesapeake bay there is still the possibility that waterman who make a living off of oyster harvesting might employ rogue tactics to seed the Asian Oyster regardless of the law.