The Oak Bluffs harbor is closed to shellfishing until further notice following a minor oil spill Wednesday morning.
A 50-foot tuna-fishing boat has taken on water, causing leach of oil into the harbor, town officials said.
After receiving a call around 7:50 a.m. Wednesday morning reporting a fuel smell and a sheen on the water, shellfish constable David Grunden notified the fire department, which dispatched their oil recovery team to the boat tied up at Church’s Pier, by Nancy’s Restaurant.
Oil Spill in Edgartown Harbor Kills Million Baby Oysters and Fouls
By JULIA WELLS Gazette Senior Writer
An oil spill of unknown origin sullied the pristine water of the
outer Edgartown harbor yesterday, ruining an entire crop of juvenile
shellfish at a hatchery owned by the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish
Group and posing a possible threat to the rich bay scallop beds off the
north shore of Chappaquiddick.
Shellfish May Survive Edgartown Oil Spill; Emergency Seen as Serious
By JULIA WELLS
The director of the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group said
there may be good news for a crop of about a million baby oysters that
were threatened by an oil spill in the Edgartown harbor early this week.
"I don't want to say that we are out of the woods
entirely, but the oysters may survive," said shellfish group
director Rick Karney on Wednesday this week.
Winds Are Kind to Vineyard, But There's Cautionary Note On
Island State of Readiness
By CHRIS BURRELL
Prevailing winds so far have helped the Vineyard escape any real
environmental impact from an oil spill Sunday that dumped almost 15,000
gallons into Buzzards Bay, killing at least five waterfowl and polluting
more than 10 miles of mainland beaches along the bay.
It was a perfect day to be on the water last Wednesday in Menemsha; there was little wind and the sun was shining as the commercial and recreational harbor began to get under way for the summer season. But what if one of those boats had an accident and oil began to cascade into the inner harbor, or worse, if a large tanker had an incident out in Buzzards Bay?
With both scenarios real possibilities, Islanders prepared an emergency response plan in the event of an oil spill.