Stamford, CT, Shellfishermen Seek Compensation
December 6, 2011
Stamford Advocate: Robert Griffith and Jardar Nygaard are the last commercial shellfishermen in Stamford Harbor, and their boats are getting rusty.
They’ve barely worked over the last year due to state-mandated shellfish bed closures, which shutter their businesses for weeks at a time after rainstorms or sewage spills. A 3” rainfall closes all Connecticut shellfish farms for at least a week, and high-volume sewage bypasses shut down shellfish beds for a minimum 21 days. The state Department of Agriculture, which monitors bacterial and viral levels in the water, determines when it’s safe to resume fishing.