Suffolk calls for moratorium on new clamming permits

? Suffolk County is calling for a moratorium on new clamming permits in the towns of Brookhaven, Babylon and Islip.

Officials say the moratorium means only people who had permits in two of the last four years could request a new one.

Babylon and Islip have already approved the measure, but Brookhaven has yet to act.

Great South Bay clammer George Rigbie says the measure would hurt workers who supplement their incomes with clamming. He also says working the bay is the best way to keep the estuary healthy.

Environmental groups support the moratorium because they say it will protect the dwindling clam population.

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