Saturday, May 25, 2024


Oyster Farm Proposal for Westport Withdrawn

A controversial proposal to harvest oysters off the Westport coastline using suspended cages has been withdrawn, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said today.garofalo09270401.jpg
Garofalo: withdraws oyster application. WN photo

Cori Rose, senior project manager for the New England district of the Corps in Boston, told WestportNow that she received an e-mail notification Friday of the decision by Westport-based Mariculture Unlimited, LLC.

“It’s withdrawn without prejudice,” she said. “But they can resubmit it any time.”

Rose said she had heard unofficially earlier that the Westport proposal and a similar one for waters off of Milford was being pulled, but did not receive official notice until Friday.

The proposal by Mariculture Unlimited, headed by Dr. John Garofalo of Westport, touched off a storm of protest from sailboat owners and recreational boaters, many of whom spoke at a July 23, 2003, public hearing in Milford. (See WestportNow July 24, 2003)

Westport boaters had said the oyster operation would seriously jeopardize their recreational activities on Long Island Sound.

One thought on “Oyster Farm Proposal for Westport Withdrawn

  1. Would you have an e-mail address for the proponent of the oyster farm project at Westport. I would like to be able to supply information into a possible solution to their problems with the sailing fraternity. Also I would need some information in relation to the waters of the area.

    Martin Chamberlain

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