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Shellfish Farming Falls Under Spotlight in Ipswich

by the Fish Site Editor
03 June 2009, at 1:00am

IPSWICH, US - Roughly 40 residents packed into a recent Board of Selectmen subcommittee meeting to discuss shellfish farming in Ipswich waters.

The town already has one lawsuit in progress over the issue stemming from a terminated experiment involving a private lease of clam beds, and most of those attending the meeting opposed private leasing of public flats for shellfish farming, reports Dan Mac Alpine of IpswichChronicle.

According to the news organisation, the subcommittee ended the private lease experiment after it determined the fishermen, Evan Parker and Anthony Murawski, failed to follow regulations governing the test farming.

The Shellfish Subcommittee to the Board of Selectmen will explore the issue with a series of three meetings over the next month to see if shellfish aquaculture is worth pursuing.

The committee will examine how, or if, the town should allow aquiculture and what type of shellfish farming it would allow. It could allow only clam farming, which is done on the flats. Or it could also allow oyster farming, which requires floating surface crates to house the oysters

the Fish Site Editor