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Published on Feb 16, 2012
The state of Connecticut is working hard to help the "little guy" compete with neighboring Rhode Island in growing specialty oysters. Jim Markow, a member of the Noank Aquaculture Co-op, has been instrumental in bringing back the Connecticut oyster population, which was decimated by a parasite back in 1998. Due to efforts over the past dozen years, we are now seeing growth in the native population, which hasn't been seen since the 1998 die-off. The Bureau of Aquaculture has proposed legislation to help oyster farmers get into the business of oyster farming with a minimum of bureaucratic work. And now local business can support local producers by selling this premier Connecticut seafood.