Prohibit Commercial Oyster Industry in Cove between Enders Island and Mason's Island
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A company known as Stonington Aquafarms, LLC has applied to the Stonington Shellfish Commission to run a year round commercial oyster operation in the residential cove between Mason's Island and Enders Island. This cove, which for over 80 years has been known to local residents as "Thank God Harbor," will suffer greatly if this plan goes through.
This residential cove is presently zoned for recreational shellfishing only. The proposal is to turn over 5.56 acres of pristine water to Stonington Aquafarms to grow and harvest over 750,000 oysters a year. The application calls for eventual expansion including vertical cages in the water column. The proposed location directly interferes with the frequent use of the only bridge between the two islands. If this beautiful cove becomes an oyster operation, it will limit the ability of the public to swim, boat, and recreate. The business will affect the present ecosystem as well as the natural and local species. Continuously this cove has been enjoyed for clamming, sailing, waterskiing, tubing, and swimming because of its protected and calm waters. With the proposed oyster farm taking up approximately 1/3 of the cove, and the presence of significant rock formations and a mooring field, there would be very little remaining water to be used for recreation.
Please help us oppose the application for this commercial operation for a cove that historically has been a safe haven and a paradise for countless families.
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