CT Oystermen Seek Aid After Irene

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Associated Press: The damaged docks and scattered oysters left after Tropical Storm Irene tore through Long Island Sound this summer reveal only some of the problems Connecticut oystermen face in trying to rebuild their industry along the Mystic River.

They worry a shutdown of more than a month will result in a permanent loss of customers and express irritation over what they consider a slow process to get permits for winter harvesting from the river and growing oysters in indoor tanks to extend their season. There’s also some frustration at being regulated like fishermen when they consider themselves “growers,” akin to farmers and in need of the same kinds of government aid.

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