Shellfish Ordinance Provisions Proposed in Stonington

STONINGTON — You may love clams a bushel and a peck, but recreational diggers will soon only be able to dig a peck here.

The town of Stonington and the Shellfish Conservation Committee have proposed changes to the shellfish ordinance.

Voters will be asked to consider the amendments at a special town meeting Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at the town office.

A public hearing on the proposed changes will start at 6.

Stonington Town Manager Kathleen Billings-Pezaris said there would be limits of one peck each for quahogs and hen clams.

Currently, Stonington doesn’t have a limit on quahogs and hen clams, which are larger, weighing about a pound each.

The ordinance would remain the same for soft shell clams, which the town currently limits to one peck.

Billings-Pezaris said one peck, which is about 15 pounds, makes it easier for enforcement and would conserve the resource.

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Jennifer Osborn

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