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Mar 28, 2012 9:05 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

New Shellfish Rule Blasted By Baymen

Mar 28, 2012 10:47 AM

Mr. Semlear said he has had more and more complaints about the practice from those who believe it must have a deleterious impact on the environment of local bays—a misconception, he said, since the churning has actually been shown to boost the shellfish productivity of an area. He worried that at some point the objections would force the practice to be stopped, as it has done in other municipalities. Closing the harvest in the summer months, when more non-baymen are on local waters, would limit the visibility of the churning gear, he guessed.

“Southold lost churning completely. Four years ago, Shelter Island shut down churning,” Mr. Semlear said. “My thought was to come up with a strategy by which we could maintain the fishery.”

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Wow - I see both side here. Tough call, but the Trustees are being cautious and careful until they can figure out a good plan. While this is bittersweet for the Baymen, you can't rape and pillage the environment then claim that the Trustees are not protecting that same environment. I am sure the 6th Trustee, the Baykeeper, was silently applauding this move since "churning" can't be something that he supports.

I think the Baymen and the Trustees need to work together on this to come to ...more
By rita33 (11), East Quogue on Mar 29, 12 9:52 AM
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^^^^. Wow, that's the first logical, rational comment I've seen on here in a long time.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Mar 29, 12 1:50 PM
In the long run the trustees are thinking ahead for future working years for the bayman. The idea of live for today the hell with tomorrow is not the answer..Carol
By Carol (109), East Quogue on Mar 30, 12 8:54 AM
While I agree with being cautious - there's no scientific backup for what the Trustees are proposing - nor do they seem to be interested in seeing what Science says. They're being completely arbitrary - how does that solve anything? These new regulations sound like parking procedures during blizzards in the city. Parking on even sides of the street on mondays and fridays only!
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Mar 30, 12 10:22 AM
Shellfish and fish regulation by towns has never been such a great idea before. The locals rarely bring in ecologists to help them understand the broader implications. The trustees should take the time to study this carefully from an ecological perspective -- with the help of experts.
By bailey (52), East Hampton on Mar 30, 12 12:35 PM
Tyranny alive and well, God bless the Bayman they made this community what it is.
By LovinLife (61), East Quogue on Mar 31, 12 12:25 AM