Pro­tect river from large-scale com­mer­cial shell­fish­ing plan

The Day - - OPINION -

“Com­mer­cial shell­fish­ing de­bate on­go­ing in Water­ford, East Lyme,” (Oct. 28), by Ben­jamin Kail lacked a crit­i­cal lo­cal per­spec­tive. As a res­i­dent of East Lyme, I am con­cerned that thou­sands of pieces of equip­ment could be in­stalled soon in the Niantic River with lit­tle in­put from res­i­dents.

We are for­tu­nate to have the river run­ning through our town pro­vid­ing a pic­turesque back­drop to many won­der­ful ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able to res­i­dents and thou­sands of tourists that visit each year. The pro­pos­als un­der con­sid­er­a­tion could have real con­se­quences with­out any real ben­e­fit. It may be hard to imag­ine how the river will change, but to see how a Type II aqua­cul­ture oys­ter farm op­er­ates in Maine, visit https://www.res­cueour­river.org/ photo-damariscotta.html. You’ll get the mes­sage.

Res­i­dents and town of­fi­cials need to have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the “off bot­tom” Type II Aqua­cul­ture be­ing pro­posed and how it may change the river as we know it. What are the safety con­cerns, po­ten­tial fis­cal im­pacts, or im­pacts on recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties? These are real ques­tions that the res­i­dents have a right to ask.

We need to know that our pub­lic of­fi­cials are hear­ing our con­cerns. The way I see it, the po­ten­tial harm out­weighs any ben­e­fit. Gretchen Spartz East Lyme

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