Oyster season in Chilmark is set to begin on Monday after the board of selectmen approved the opening of the short season.
At the selectmen’s weekly meeting on Tuesday, the board approved a recommendation from the shellfish committee that permits two heaping bushels a day, Monday through Wednesday. The season ends April 30. Shellfish constable Isaiah Scheffer said half a dozen oystermen had expressed interested in permits — “a controlled amount,” Mr. Scheffer added.
The selectmen also approved extending the scallop season for an additional month through the end of April on recommendation from the shellfish committee. Mr. Scheffer said “there’s quite a bit left” in Nashaquitsa Pond and around Chockers Creek.
Chilmark is enjoying a banner year for bay scallops, but looking ahead Mr. Scheffer said seed sets for next year may not prove to be as bountiful.
“It’s not going to be great next year; there’s a little bit of seed out on the flats,” he said.
In other business, executive secretary Tim Carroll informed the selectmen that the town filed a $400,000 claim to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for repairs to the revetment at Squibnocket Beach. The repairs stem from damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in October.