NHHBC: Rep. Schroadter ’s Oyster Aquaculture Bill to Become Law

New Hampshire House Business COALITION

CONCORD New Hampshire House Business Coalition member Representative Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket) will have the opportunity to see the Bill he sponsored become law.  House Bill 1392, aimed at reviving the oyster population in the Great Bay Estuary and the economic development of the communities along the bay, will be signed into law by Governor Lynch on August 14, 2012.

“I’m encouraged by the passing of this legislation because it’s pro-environment and pro-business at the same time,” said Schroadter.  The new law will provide an incentive for oyster farmers by giving them multi-year licenses from New Hampshire Fish and Game.  Oyster farms were previously required to be re-licensed by Fish and Game each year, which was a disincentive for startups that may worry about being licensed one year but not the next.

House Business Coalition founder and Chair, Laurie Sanborn said, “This is a great achievement and a wonderful example of the type of legislation this caucus has promoted, reducing red tape whenever possible to make it easier for businesses to thrive in our state.” 

Schroadter, who organizes this Saturday’s annual “Olde Home Day & Oyster Festival” in Newmarket, hopes to raise awareness of the importance of oysters to the estuary and increase sales for the businesses on Main Street.  Schroadter said, “I’d like to make the oyster to New Hampshire what the lobster is to Maine.” 


The New Hampshire House Business Coalition is a non-partisan group of NH House members, focused on improving the climate for job creation and economic growth in our state by passing pro-business legislation.  Since their inception in January 2011, the group has grown to over 100 members and has lead the efforts to pass over 60 pro-business bills in the NH House of Representatives.