Tempers Flare During Poor Scalloping Season in Oak Bluffs

A long-simmering dispute over bay scallop fishing in Oak Bluffs has erupted in physical confrontation, theft, and vandalism over the past month.

Aquaculture Boosts Pond Health

A Sengekontacket oyster project has been such a success that the shellfish department will ask selectmen to open the pond to commercial oystering.

Selectmen Try to Cool Heat Over Sengie Scallop Closure

Selectmen this week tried to broker a compromise solution in a heated dispute among town shellfishermen over the closing of Sengekontacket Pond to bay scalloping on the Oak Bluffs side.

Sengekontacket Pond Closed to Shellfishing After Rainfall

Sengekontacket Pond has been closed to shellfishing because of rainfall received earlier this week.

The town of Oak Bluffs has advised that the pond will be closed until at least Monday, August 17.

The state mandates pond closures after heavy rainfall because of run-off from waterfowl and other sources. Red flags fly at both bridges on the pond when it is closed to shellfishing.


Sengekontacket Closed Again to Shellfishing After Rain

For the second time this month, Sengekontacket Pond has been closed to shellfishing because of rainfall. The town of Oak Bluffs said the pond was closed Wednesday and would reopen on Monday, July 20 at the earliest. If there is more rainfall, the closure could be extended.

Sengekontacket Closed for Shellfishing after Rainfall

Sengekontacket Pond will be closed to shellfishing over the holiday weekend because of rainfall on July 1.

Dredging Under Little Bridge Set to Begin Soon

A long-awaited project to dredge a channel that feeds Sengekontacket Pond is set to go this spring, now that Oak Bluffs has awarded a bid for project. Sediment has been piling up at the channel since Hurricane Sandy.

Funding Approved for Oak Bluffs Dredging

The town of Oak Bluffs learned Friday that the federal government has approved funding to dredge under the Little Bridge at Sengekontacket Pond. The news capped a week during which selectmen began discussing alternatives if funding did not come through.

Funding Delay Complicates Oak Bluffs Dredging

Discouraged by a stalled quest for federal funding, the town of Oak Bluffs is now looking for other ways to dredge the sand-filled channel beneath the Little Bridge at Sengekontacket Pond. The inlet has now closed and the window to dredge it is also closing, with April the deadline for work to be done.

October Rainfall Leads to Sengekontacket Closure

Sengekontacket Pond is closed to shellfishing for five days because of heavy rainfall received Oct. 1.