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Huntington Sets New Shellfishing Measures

A clammer's boat. Credit: File Photo
A clammer's boat. Credit: File Photo

To help foster shellfishing in the area, the Town of Huntington recently acted on two measures affecting oysters in town waters.

At the May 6 meeting, the board designated Duck Island Harbor and Lloyd Harbor as shellfish management areas and prohibited the use of sail dredging to harvest oysters from those areas. Raking and picking will still be permitted.The move is aimed at reducing the number of oysters harvested to a sustainable level, officials said.

In addition, the town set a June 17 public hearing on a proposed amendment to town code that would increase the daily allowed harvest of oysters from May 15 to August 31 to 1,000 a day, up from the current 500, and allow the use of mechanical rakes.

The changes  are geared to help Huntington’s baymen maintain a better year-round presence in the marketplace.
Dan Crowe June 18, 2014 at 09:40 PM
The new law would not allow for mechanical rakes, but the use of a pot hauler to bring the clam rake to the surface, same type used by lobster boats to pull up lobster pots.

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