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Coalition to request easier oyster leases

A public-private partnership to restore aquatic habitat and increase the number of oyster farming operations in Tomales Bay and statewide will be proposed for the first time next month, backers of the so-called California Shellfish Initiative said Sunday.

Hog Island Oyster Company co-founder John Finger announced the initiative at a panel in Inverness promoting small-scale oyster farming. He and other industry advocates modeled the effort on nationwide efforts as well as a plan currently under development in Humboldt Bay, the state’s largest oyster supplying region. It will be presented at the June 28 Sacramento meeting of the California Ocean Protection Council, a policy advisory group. Mr. Finger, political consultant Warner Chabot and other…