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Two New Oyster Farms Proposed

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Two new Oyster Farms could sprout up in Little Bay next year. If approved, it would make ten farms in operation in the estuary.

The max size for an oyster farm in New Hampshire is four acres, but the two proposed farms are both considerably smaller. One, from a UNH Masters student would be 2.5 acres, and the other would be just an acre in size.

“We’re going to be a recreational aquaculture operation,” explains Ralph Jimenez, a semi-retired writer for the Concord Monitor and one of the principals of the Joe King’s Oyster Cooperative. “It’ll take us a couple of years to find out whether we can raise enough oysters to have some parties.”

Commercial oyster farming can pack as many as 500,000 oysters into an acre, and while those oysters are tasty, they also filter the water, helping to clean up an impaired water-body.

A public hearing on the proposed farms will take place February 11th

Sam Evans-Brown has been working for New Hampshire Public Radio since 2010, when he began as a freelancer. He shifted gears in 2016 and began producing Outside/In, a podcast and radio show about “the natural world and how we use it.” His work has won him several awards, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, one national Murrow, and the Overseas Press Club of America's award for best environmental reporting in any medium. He studied Politics and Spanish at Bates College, and before reporting was variously employed as a Spanish teacher, farmer, bicycle mechanic, ski coach, research assistant, a wilderness trip leader and a technical supporter.
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