Shellfish Farming is Likely to Expand in Taunton Bay

HANCOCK — There was a time when the announcement that a shellfish farmer was going to hold a scoping session to talk about expanding operations in Taunton Bay would likely have produced howls of outrage and a large, hostile turnout at the event itself. That time seems to have passed.

Last Thursday, the Taunton Bay Oyster Co. held a scoping session to introduce its plan to apply for 13.85-acre aquaculture lease for the bottom culture of oysters in Taunton Bay northwest of the Route 1 bridge off Cedar Point in Hancock.

At its southeastern end, the proposed lease site — more or less “pork chop” shaped — would adjoin the company’s existing 5-acre lease.

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