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Seeding the Niantic River with oysters

Marc Harrell, right, operations manager of Mystic Oysters, dumps 10-month-old oysters into the Niantic River on Saturday, while he and Jim Markow, owner of Mystic Oysters and president of Noank Aquaculture Coop, work together seeding oysters in two areas of the river for recreational fishing, from Chief Shellfish Warden Richard Chmiel's boat.

The men seeded 125,000 of the shellfish and they should be ready for harvest in 18 months.

The Waterford-East Lyme Shellfish Commission had voted unanimously for the public-private introduction of additional oysters in the river to expand and create a self-sustaining population that will spawn and create additional shellfishing areas in the river.

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