CT Sea Grant, the CT Department of Agriculture and the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are seeking comments from the public on a discussion draft of the Connecticut Shellfish Restoration Guide.
Connecticut Public Radio host Lucy Nalpathanchil interviews CTSG’s Tessa Getchis, oyster farmer Norm Bloom and Long Island Soundkeeper Bill Lucy about the importance of oysters and other shellfish in the Sound.
Oysters grow fast in Beebe Cove.
At least that’s the experience of two of Connecticut’s newest shellfish farmers, Will Ceddia and Jason Hamilton.
CT Sea Grant worked with partners to build an interactive digital viewer to aid shellfish restoration work. The Connecticut Shellfish Restoration Story Map fills a critical gap needed to determine the areas where restoration efforts are most likely to succeed.
While the pandemic curtailed many favorite activities, recreational shellfishing remained popular and even surged in many shoreline towns last year. Stories of strong interest in shellfishing along with pandemic challenges were heard at the Feb. 13 Annual Meeting of Shellfish Commissions.
CBS This Morning Saturday explored the impact of the coronavirus on Connecticut oyster farming, as well as the history of the industry, in a segment broadcast on April 25.