Oyster farmers' numbers don't add up

Posted 8/17/21

To the editor:

In response to the August 12th Bowen article.  The  applicants for the proposed oyster farm in a highly public used area in the  Sakonnet River have made some …

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Oyster farmers' numbers don't add up

Posted

To the editor:

In response to the August 12th Bowen article.  The  applicants for the proposed oyster farm in a highly public used area in the  Sakonnet River have made some confusioning claims.  Their statement about the proposed farm is located in " the average depth is two to four feet at mean low tide " is confusing because they have stated the cages will be "16 inches off the bottom " . If you do the math16 inches plus another 16 inches of cage adds up to 32 inches.  By their words this means that at low tide the tops of the cages will be 8 inches exposed above the water.  How can you claim " there's nothing visible, even at low tide ". So how can you kayak,swim or canoe over the top of the exposed cages?

Reference CRMC file number 2020-04-037 staff report  dated May 4th 2021 "total cage height is 16 inches ".

Richard Metcalf

723 Seapowet Ave.

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