Shellfish Growers to Receive Disaster Insurance

An oyster aboard the 1926 oyster vessel Mary Colman out of Norwalk. Photo/New England Boating.
Aboard the 1926 oyster vessel Mary Colman out of Norwalk. Photo/New England Boating.

TheDay.com: A “long overdue” change in a federal program offering shellfishermen insurance coverage for storm-related losses should boost Connecticut’s aquaculture industry, the region’s congressional delegation said Tuesday.

The change, adopted Dec. 15 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, extends coverage to shellfishermen who eschew the use of containment devices—bags, cages, pens—in the production of such mollusks as oysters, clams and mussels. Previously, the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, or NAP, applied only to growers of aquaculture species maintained in controlled environments.

Read more about the federal disaster insurance for shellfishermen.