"The Time Has Come … To Talk of Many Things": Legal Impediments to the Future of Shellfish Relay in Rhode Island

Melissa Chalek, Rhode Island, Sea Grant
2014 Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal   unpublished
Relay is the process by which shellfish are transferred from closed waters, where harvesting is prohibited, into approved waters, where the shellfish will purge contaminants from their tissues and eventually become safe for human consumption. In some states, management authorities permit harvest of relayed shellfish after just a few weeks, but in Rhode Island the shellfish must remain in approved waters for one year. This Article examines the justifications for this long requirement-consumer
more » ... irement-consumer protection, lack of enforcement resources, and lack of need for a shorter period-and presents counterarguments for these justifications that are rooted in scientific literature and the policies of other states.
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