Status Of New Hampshire’s
Focus Of Sept.16 Public Seminar In Hampton Beach
Contact: Candace Dolan
NH Sea Grant
August 31, 2004
HAMPTON BEACH, N.H. – While New Hampshire’s shellfish
resources are too limited for commercial harvesting, they are of
great interest to recreational harvesters. Hampton/Seabrook Harbor
contains soft-shell clams and mussels, while the Great Bay Estuary
has oysters and soft-shell clams.
A panel of experts on Thursday, Sept. 16, will review the status
of these shellfish resources at a free public seminar from 6 to
8 p.m. at the Ashworth Hotel on Ashworth Avenue in Hampton Beach.
At the event, Paul Geoghegan of Normandeau Associates will give
a historic overview of the Hampton/Seabrook Harbor clam populations,
which have declined over the past several years prompting restrictions
In addition, two representatives of the N.H. Department of Environmental Services
will speak. Phil Trowbridge will discuss the Hampton Harbor clam mortality studies,
and Chris Nash will talk about shellfish bed closures.
These presentations will be followed by a panel discussion of a number of related
issues, including the dredging of Hampton Harbor and its impact on the shellfish
In addition to the organizations named above, the event is being sponsored
by the NH Estuaries Program, the Great Bay Coast Watch, NH Sea Grant and UNH
For more information, contact Candace Dolan, NH Sea Grant, at 603-749-1565.