We hope everyone is enjoying a terrific summer! Despite a number of bed closures in the past few weeks due to higher levels of rain received, we have been quite busy. The following is a brief update of what we've been up to:
- June Clam Clinic - We are proud to report a very successful and well-attended clam clinic at Sasco Beach this past June. With approximately 225 participants, local residents including many children came out to learn how to clam, get in the water and sample some homemade chowder. Several prizes were given away for lucky clammers who found our painted and planted clams. We look forward to hosting more of these great community events and sincerely thank all our volunteers for lending a hand…and their clam rakes!
Click here to view photos from the Clam Clinic.
To read coverage of the event in the Minuteman New Center, please click here.
- New Weather Station at Town Hall - The Conservation department has recently acquired a new wireless Davis Weather Station and is in the process of getting it installed at Town Hall. It will be used to make the process of bed closure notification more streamlined and timely. Currently, Conservation awaits notification by the Bureau of Aquaculture when rainfall amounts determine a shellfish bed closure. Having our own weather station to gauge rainfall amounts is especially helpful on the weekends when the Bureau of Aquaculture is closed. When up and running, the system will actually be able to email permit holders when the rain gauge triggers the closure threshold of one inch. The weather station will also be posted online and provide real time data so people can monitor the weather on a local network. To learn more about how a weather station works, please click here.
- Oyster Bed Project Update – Led by Shellfish Commissioner John Short, efforts are in the works to create a recreational oyster bed at Sasco Beach. The goal is to create more accessibility to oyster harvesting for permit holders within our approved recreational shellfishing area, as well as contribute to the overall enhancement of the local oyster population. Working under the advisement of SeaGrant/UCONN and the Bureau of Aquaculture, the site location has been selected at Sasco Beach and we are in the process of collecting oyster shell to create cultch or the substrate where the oysters will grow. As the water temperatures are warming up, the process will be moving quickly to take advantage of oyster spawning time. We will keep you informed on the project’s progress and will likely be reaching out to you soon with oyster shell collecting volunteer opportunities.
- New Commission Member – The Shellfish Commission welcomes Ms. Deborah Detmer as the newest member of the Commission. We look forward to working with her!
We hope you have found our new email notifications for bed closures helpful to date. Please be sure to visit us on Facebook as well for closure and opening announcements and to stay informed on Commission happenings.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and thanks for your time.
Town of Fairfield Shellfish Commission
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