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Dennis oyster beds targeted by shellfish thieves

July 24, 2013

DENNIS, Mass. (AP) — A series of thefts from a Dennis oyster farm has prompted public health officials to warn restaurants about serving unregulated shellfish.

Police say about $40,000 in oysters and equipment has been stolen from the shellfish pasture on the tidal flats off Crowes Pasture in Dennis since early last month. The latest theft occurred early Tuesday.

Health officials tell the Cape Cod Times (http://bit.ly/19hDr06 ) there are regulations for how oysters are handled after they are harvested, including a tag on each bag with the time and date of harvest.

Restaurants are being told to be vigilant in checking for those tags.

Aaron Brochu, victim of the latest oyster theft, says getting the tags is not difficult. There is also concern that the stolen oysters are being taken out of state.


Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodonline.com

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