Signs promising for oyster market

HOMEGROWN: Oyster farmer Nick Papa packs his oysters at the Ocean State Shellfish Cooperative. Papa’s oysters are grown on his farm in Ninigret Pond in Charlestown. / PBN PHOTO/JOHN LEE
HOMEGROWN: Oyster farmer Nick Papa packs his oysters at the Ocean State Shellfish Cooperative. Papa’s oysters are grown on his farm in Ninigret Pond in Charlestown. / PBN PHOTO/JOHN LEE
Rhode Island has two groups of shellfishermen. One group digs clams off the bottom of Narragansett Bay. These are the wild harvesters. Many Rhode Islanders call them quahoggers. The other group grows oysters on small farms, both in the bay and in the salt ponds. And as Robert Rheault, executive director of the East Coast…

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