UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Shellfishing Permits Go on Sale Monday - After Five-Year Hiatus

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Shellfishing Permits Go on Sale Monday - After Five-Year Hiatus

Permits Only $4 Due to Shortened Season, Lack of Shellfishing Opportunities in Past Five Years Due to Beds' Closure
Residents who miss wading in Long Island Sound in search of clams, mussels and oysters have just four more days to wait until they can buy a shellfishing permit in Sullivan-Independence Hall.
"Monday morning," Ed Crowley, chairman of the town's Shellfish Commission, said Wednesday evening when asked if permits were on sale. "If we get an inch of rain, it will be closed, but it doesn't look like we're going to get rain. The permits go on sale Monday morning."
"We're thrilled they're open and people can start to go out clamming," Crowley added.
Fairfield's shellfish beds have been closed for five years because the water quality wasn't good enough to open them.
But the Bureau of Aquaculture agreed to let Fairfield reopen shellfish beds off Sasco Beach this year because the water quality had improved and was consistently good. The beds off Sasco Beach were closed due to septic system failures, but those problems have since been resolved, according to Crowley. READ MORE:

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