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Feasibility into Commercial Aquaculture for Bay

by Ellen Hardy
13 June 2008, at 1:00am

US - A feasibility study is to be conducted into the potential of commercial aquaculture in Kingston Bay Massachusetts following a visit by the shellfish program chief for the state Division of Marine Fisheries, Michael Hickey.

The board of select men voted 4-0 to call for the study, according to reports in the Patriot Ledger.

However, the technical review will have to wait as the team at the Division of Marine Fisheries is booked up to the autumn.

Mr Hickey told the Patriot Ledger that the town has about 133 to 150 acres in Kingston Bay that theoretically could be used for commercial aquaculture, though the state would not permit it in some parts of that area, and some parts would not be conducive to shellfish farming.

Under state rules, towns can lease acreage for commercial aquaculture at per-acre charges of $5 to $25 per year, Hickey explained during his visit.

View the Patriot Ledger story by clicking here.

Ellen Hardy