It’s been a particularly successful year for bay scalloping in Chilmark, town shellfish constable Isaiah Scheffer confirmed this week, with landings way up for both commercial and recreational shellfishermen. In a voicemail left for the Gazette, Mr. Scheffer reported that to date commercial shellfishermen have landed over 2,000 bushels of scallops while recreational fishermen have landed 245 bushels.
Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group director Rick Karney had high praise for Mr. Scheffer’s hard work this week. “I want to acknowledge Isaiah is one of the reasons that things are so good,” Mr. Karney said.
Aquinnah also is reportedly having a good year. Last year there was no commercial season in Aquinnah.
“Having a good season has helped out a lot of local fishermen this year. They depend on that money,” said Stanley Larsen, who runs the Menemsha Fish Market.