Sen. Linares: Bill Would Help Clinton Biz, CT Shellfish Industry

April 25, 2014

Sen. Art Linares has thrown his support behind a bill which aims to help local shellfish businesses thrive.

The proposal would reduce the size of eastern oysters that can be taken from Connecticut waters from three inches long to 2.75 inches long. It also allows up to 5 percent of a take to include oysters between 2.5 and 2.75 inches long.

Clinton-based Indian River Shellfish, a small, family-based operation, would benefit from the legislation.

“We appreciate Sen. Linares co-sponsoring this important measure and listening to small businesses,” said, George Harris, co-owner of Indian River Shellfish. “As a Connecticut-based company, we pride ourselves on farming and harvesting the best quality shellfish using environmentally friendly and sustainable practices. We grow our own crop in Long Island Sound right along the shoreline. Our product selection is exclusively that of the Eastern Oyster spawned in a local hatchery. Our oysters spend their entire lives in Long Island Sound waters. We feel a strong commitment to Connecticut and we maintain a locally grown, locally sold philosophy. Our oysters are locally sold to shoreline restaurants, farmer’s markets and direct-to-customer private sales.”

“We’ve got to do all we can to help our small businesses grow,” Sen. Linares said. “This shellfish proposal is a common sense measure, and I am proud to generate bipartisan support for it on behalf of great local businesses like Indian River Shellfish.”

The bill currently awaits a vote by the full House of Representatives. Sen. Linares (www.senatorlinares.com) said he would urge fellow legislators to act favorably on the bill before the Connecticut General Assembly adjourns on May 7.