BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ State officials say they have discovered illegally harvested, undersized oysters in 20 of 24 samples randomly selected from wholesale shellfish dealers.

Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky says officials need to more closely scrutinize compliance with minimum-size laws. State law prohibits taking eastern oysters that are less than three inches.

The Connecticut Post reports ( ) officials from the Department of Agriculture last month assessed 10 wholesale shellfish dealers and two shellfish harvesters and found only four samples contained no oysters smaller than three inches and 20 samples contained illegally sized oysters.

Oysters from the samples in violation were harvested by 11 licensed commercial oystermen who were issued violation notices with warnings that future infractions could be subject to a fine of up to $500 and up to six months in prison.
Information from: Connecticut Post,


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