DMC Scientist Submits Oyster Bill

Rep. Mick Devin of Newcastle, a researcher at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole, was interviewed for a Bangor Daily News story about winter wet storage of Maine oysters.

Devin submitted a bill to the state Legislature that would fast-track the wet storage permit application process so aquaculturists could more easily access stocks in the winter and improve the competitiveness of the fishery. The bill, he said, would keep public comment as part of the permitting process.

Oyster consumption has been on the rise, Devin said, and to “compete with other states, our oyster growers have to sell year-round.”