BOSTON — If you want to be sure you’re slurping local oysters out of the half-shell, the best way is to pluck them fresh out of the sand in Duxbury Bay yourself.
But, if a proposal passes the legislature this month to brand local seafood so it’s recognized the same way as Maine lobster and Alaskan salmon, South Shore residents intent on eating local can avoid the work gloves and skip right to the tartar sauce.
State Rep. James Cantwell, D-Marshfield, said he wrote the bill for two reasons: to strengthen a vital local industry and protect local fishermen, who are fighting an uphill battle against lower fish stocks and increasing federal regulations limiting how much they can fish.
But it appears unlikely the legislature will debate the bill or vote on it before they end their formal session July 31.
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