Prohibit Commercial Oyster Growing in Quiambaug Cove - The Seed Site for Masons Island
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A Milford, Conn.-based company, Stonington Aquafarms, is applying to the Stonington Shellfish Commission to put hundreds of thousands of seed oysters into Quiambaug Cove. These oysters would then be moved for "cleansing" over to a residential cove between Masons and Enders Islands, the impact of which is being addressed by a companion change.org petition.
The area proposed for oystering in Quiambaug Cove has for many decades been solely in the public trust, used for the common good of all Connecticut citizens, for boating, recreation, swimming, water-skiing, paddle-boarding, kayaking and bird-watching.
Critically, the exact site proposed for oyster operations is directly over the only – long-known and well-established – navigation channel into and out of lower Quiambaug Cove preventing residents from access to Fisher's Island Sound and visitors, outside The Cove, from participation in any recreational activities. Impeding this channel will create a perilous safety hazard.
Neither an independent environmental impact statement nor any independent studies have been done on the impact on public use or navigation. The Stonington Shellfish Commission appears to require that only the applicant undertake these evaluations. While the applicant states he has no plans to expand his proposed operation, he strongly qualifies that statement with "At this time ...".
Please help us to oppose this application, which seeks to convert a lovely, peaceful cove – long used for public recreation – to a commercial industry.
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