Conn. shellfish harvesters to discuss industry

Meeting planned with Conn. shellfish harvesters to discuss regulatory issues facing industry

Associated Press

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- The state Department of Agriculture is meeting with Connecticut shellfish harvesters to discuss regulatory issues facing the industry.

State and federal regulators are scheduled to be on hand to answer questions from harvesters about regulatory issues affecting the shellfish industry. A moderated discussion of recent industry-wide initiatives is also planned.

Information also will be available about naturally occurring bacteria known as "Vibrio," which can pose serious or fatal health risks to consumers of shellfish. The Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Aquaculture has developed and implemented a plan to control the bacteria.

The risk for the illness increases during the summer.

Tuesday's meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Science and Technology Center.

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