News : New Law Aids Oyster Farming in Great Bay

Aug 22, 2012

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

By Aaron Sanborn

CONCORD -- The first piece of legislation aimed at improving the Great Bay estuary was signed into law last week.

The new law allows N.H. Fish and Game to grant five-year licenses for oyster aquaculture operations in the Great Bay estuary, instead of the one year licenses that were part of the previous law.

The law’s sponser, Rep. Adam Schroadter, R-Newmarket, is hoping the law will help revive the oyster population in the estuary by providing an incentive for oyster farmers. He said the one-year license made it hard for start-up operations to get going.

While many believe Schroadter’s law is a step in the right direction, it’s hard to say what its ultimate impact on the estuary will be. Will Carey, who runs the Little Bay Oyster Company, said the one-year licenses didn’t stop him from getting into business but said the new law can’t hurt.

“Five years to have a permit is better than a single-year permit,” he said. “It’s tough to have a single-year permit for something (oyster farms) that takes three years to grow.”

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the August 19th, Portsmouth Herald