A recently released University of Connecticut report says between 2007 and 2015, the state’s shellfish industry saw sales increase by nearly 100 percent.
Direct sales of oysters and clams in 2015 were valued at just under $30 million, according to the report. And according to Tessa Getchis, an aquaculture extension specialist at Connecticut Sea Grant, which is located on UConn’s Avery Point campus, even better days are ahead for the industry.
“There’s been a resurgence of the industry,” Getchis said. “We're still at a fraction of historical harvests. Long Island Sound has absolutely turned around, especially the eastern portion of it.”
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