State agency approves shellfish permit
HONOLULU (AP) — For the first time in more than two decades, a Hawaii company has been granted a permit to grow and sell shellfish locally.
Hawaii News Now (http://is.gd/GbR4yh) reports that the state Department of Health granted the permit to Sunrise Capital, which is doing business under the name Kauai Clams in Kekaha on Kauai.
The last time a permit was granted was 26 years ago. Hawaiian Seafood Gardens closed in 1997 because of financial reasons, and the Department of Health allowed its federal laboratory certification to lapse in 2000.
The state now has re-activated its shellfish permit program because of increased interest in shellfish production, including an outfit on windward Oahu that plans to grow oysters in the Heeia Fishpond.