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Fish and Game to hold hearing on oyster reef site closure

Posted September 20

— The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is holding a public hearing on a proposal to close to shellfish harvesting a five-acre area of Great Bay where an oyster reef restoration program is being conducted.

The Nature Conservancy will present its proposal at the Oct. 4 hearing at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth.

The organization is requesting a five-year closure of the site located between the Nannies Island and Woodman Point oyster beds to increase the likelihood of a successful establishment of an oyster population there.

The state Department of Environmental Services issued a permit to the group in July to begin construction of an oyster reef by placing 500 yards of seasoned surf clam shell in piles across the project area.

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