Support Dana Lewis and Sustainable oyster farming in Quiambaug Cove
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Dana Lewis, a 36-year-old Stonington native, has worked closely with the Stonington Shellfish Commission to apply to plant oyster seeds in Quiambaug Cove. The application is presently being reviewed by the Commission.
Who is Dana Lewis? He is a 36-year Stonington native and fisherman, who has spent his life on the water, worked as a merchant marine for 10 years, and earned a Bachelor's degree in maritime studies from the University of Connecticut. He is a husband and father who wants to build something good for the environment, Stonington, and his family.
Thousands of environmental impact studies are unanimous. An adult oyster is capable of filtering 25-50 gallons of water a day. A small oyster farm improves the quality of water by filtering 30 to 100 million gallons a day. The presence of shellfish in our local waters improves species abundance and diversity. Oyster beds lie on the bottom of the water, do not obstruct or interrupt boat navigation or access, are safe, and provide habitats for juvenile fish, crabs and all the other sea life that we love to fish and eat in Stonington.
Oyster farming is a part of Stonington's colonial history and culture. Laws to protect Stonington's shellfish were enacted by the General Assembly as early as 1750*. However, these laws were not strong enough to protect the oyster beds from runoff pollution and over-fishing. A new generation of micro farms and individual farmers are restoring East Coast waters to their original clean, productive and sustainable state.
Please help by signing this petition of support for Dana Lewis and sustainable oyster farming in Quiambaug Cove, which will be delivered to the Stonington Shellfish Commission.
*Taken from the website www.ConnecticutHistory.org
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