Connecticut seeks shellfish rules, expansion

Connecticut’s shellfish industry that sees state regulators as heavy-handed is backing an advisory council established by the legislature to seek common ground.

With demand strong for oysters and other shellfish, the industry and state officials have a shared goal to make sure Connecticut capitalizes on the lucrative agricultural niche. A key task of the Aquaculture Advisory Council will be to develop a plan to expand the shellfish industry.

It also will recommend procedures to make available maps with the names of shellfish bed leaseholders and review health and safety standards related to the industry – a matter that was pushed to the forefront two years ago by a temporary shutdown over tainted shellfish.

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Samuel Hill

Samuel Hill is associate editor for National Fisherman.

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