Menemsha Fishmonger Sees Hope for Future in Blue Mussel Farm
Alex Elvin

The Vineyard’s first offshore blue mussel farm has a new owner with a long-term vision for the local fishing industry. Stanley Larsen, owner of Menemsha Fish Market, recently took over a shellfish grant for the continued operation of the aquaculture farm.

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Eastville Resident Sues Town Over Oyster Farm
Olivia Hull

An Oak Bluffs resident is challenging the award of an aquaculture license at Eastville Beach. Jacob H. Ludwig 3rd is asking the superior court to overturn a decision to grant Dan and Greg Martino an aquaculture license.

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New Oyster Farms, Returning Food Truck in Chilmark
Ivy Ashe
Four new oyster farms could be coming soon to Menemsha Pond, which already hosts six aquaculture ventures.
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Selectmen Allow Oyster Farm off Eastville
Olivia Hull

The 4-1 vote clears the way for brothers Greg and Dan Martino to begin a pioneering aquaculture venture. There were complaints from abutters and concerns about navigation, but the town strongly backed the project as a boost to the shellfishery.

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State Closes Katama Bay Oyster Farms for One Week
Sara Brown

Edgartown’s bustling aquaculture industry is on hold this week, with Katama Bay oyster farms temporarily closed because of reported cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp). The state Department of Public Health and Division of Marine Fisheries announced the closure, which is expected to last one week, on Wednesday.

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Oyster Farm Cultivates Concerns

Residents along Beach Road near Eastville Beach were informed at the end of January of a proposal by the Martino brothers to establish a for-profit commercial oyster farm in the open waters off Eastville Beach. Residents of Beach Road were given less than a month’s notice of this proposal and little time to research and provide comment at the March selectman’s meeting, a time of year when seasonal residents are not on-Island.

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Oyster Farms Expand to Outside Waters in Edgartown
Olivia Hull

Edgartown shellfishermen are one step closer to farming in a new spot in Nantucket Sound, following an approval from the selectmen on Monday. The site, called the middle flats, is a 35-acre area located about a mile north of Eel Pond.

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Selectmen Grant Preliminary Approval to Oak Bluffs Oyster Farm
Olivia Hull
Brothers Greg and Dan Martino plan to grow 50,000 oysters per year in bottom cages off of Eastville Beach in Oak Bluffs as early as next spring. Oak Bluffs selectmen gave preliminary approval as long as the Martino brothers' equipment does not prevent boats from passing through the area.
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Oyster Farm Expansion Allowed at Eel Pond in Edgartown
Sara Brown
Roy Scheffer and his son Jeremy Scheffer will put two small farms to keep cages of oysters in the area known as middle flats. Father and son already grow oysters in Katama Bay.
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Shellfish Growers Come Out of Cold for Warm-Water Problem: Vibrio
Sara Brown
Oyster farmers want to avoid another bacteria outbreak like the one that forced a temporary shutdown of their business late last summer. State officials are listening.
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