Oyster farming proposal fuels debate on Bellamy River

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Oyster farming proposal fuels debate on New Hampshire river

An application for a commercial license to grow oysters and clams near the mouth of a New Hampshire river is meeting considerable opposition from residents who feel it’s wrong for the area.

New England Superior Oyster has an application for the license pending before the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The operation would be located on a 1.3-acre section of the Bellamy River.

The proposal has attracted opposition from a group of residents who live in a nearby development. The two sides have competing petitions on Change.org that they intend to deliver to the state.

Opponents say they fear it would impede recreational traffic, diminish scenic views and hurt property values. The farmers say aquaculture would improve the health of a nearby estuary.

Associated Press