Protect river from large-scale commercial shellfishing plan
“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