RESTOCKING CONDITIONAL SHELLFISH

RESTOCKING STONINGTON'S CONDITIONAL

SHELLFISH BEDS 


 

Most years, the Stonington Shellfish Commission uses nearly two thirds of its yearly income from permits to purchase clams to restock the conditional shellfish beds. The clams are purchased from a large Connecticut seafood wholesaler, which harvests shellfish from central and western Long Island Sound and trucks them to the Noank Aquaculture Co-Op. In Noank, Co-Op and Commission members, and community volunteers load the clams on boats and take them to the shellfish beds for distribution. The restocking, which is carried out under a permit from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture/Bureau of Aquaculture, takes place in the late spring and early fall. In addition to providing clams for recreational harvesting, the restocking helps maintain a breeding stock in the conditional areas. On 26 October 2013, five boats and a dozen people took part in Stonington's Fall 2013 Clam Day.


Three boats

Scattering clams in Area A

 

         SHS Volunteer    A Noank Co_Op boat in Area A

Photos courtesy of Stonington Shellfish Warden Rob Russell (26 October 2013).