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New articles related to this author's research. My profile My library Metrics Alerts. Ecol 52 2 , , Estuarine, coastal and shelf science 87 1 , , Charophytes of the Baltic Sea. Eighteenth International Seaweed Symposium, , Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 64, , Articles 1—20 Show more. Tom and Lori Howell arrived on Spinney Creek in , where shellfish farming had already taken place for nearly 10 years prior.
At the time, they said, the water quality was poor and the creek was infested with weeds.
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Spinney Creek Shellfish sells its product to distributors, most notably Taylor Lobster Company in Kittery, and its oysters are then dispersed throughout the country. The business employs just under 20 people in the summertime, and around 12 during the winter. The ecosystem is wet from rain, soaked wildlife perched on the floating aquaculture cages at the center of the creek.
The Howells currently operate 12 limited purpose licenses, the aquaculture farms seen in the creek today. What is presently floating cages could turn into if the application is approved, and it would take several years to reach maximum size, Lori said. The contraptions sit at a depth of approximately 6 to 7 feet.ps-fe-api.gsenergy.io/floods-in-bangladesh-history-dynamics-and-rethinking-the.php
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Around Thanksgiving, the Howells sink the equipment to the bottom of the creek for the winter. The Howells listed good employment, the local food trend and positive impact on the environment as three pluses aquaculture operations offer the community. Lori and Tom said their choice of location was purposeful, and the current farms they operate toward the center would be relinquished if the new application is approved, ultimately consolidating all farming efforts into one area. During their many years on the creek, Tom and Lori have rescued drowning dogs and ice skaters, and one time assisted first responders in recovering a body.
The creek, however, is mildly contaminated, and all shellfish harvested must be processed through the Spinney Creek depuration plant owned by the Howells. On a mild Tuesday afternoon, Norm LeMoine stands at the edge of his yard on the Kittery side of Spinney Creek, pointing to the black buoys suspending the underwater cages in front of his house, and the shellfish operation across the way.
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Many years ago when the state decided to rebuild the tide gate that opens to the Piscataqua, the Howells worked with the Maine Department of Transportation, the entity that owns the gate, on how to best operate it. Data indicated that in , the closest eelgrass bed to the proposed lease site saw a 40 to 70 percent cover. In June, it was a different story. Lori Howell said eelgrass is on a natural cycle of 20 to 25 years, adding its presence has been heavy in the past and they expect it will return.