In Praise of the Wise Man Who Always Saw the Shell Half Full

In January after over 40 years with the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, I will be stepping down as its director.

Longtime Shellfish Group Director Will Retire

Rick Karney, executive director of the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, announced that he will shift to part-time status beginning Jan. 1.

Gazette Promotion Helps Island Ponds

The Vineyard Gazette will donate $9,000 to the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, the result of a successful subscription promotion drive that called attention to the plight of the Island’s coastal ponds.

Invasive Phragmites in Vineyard Ponds, Friend or Foe?

With Island ponds suffering from the effects of development, the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group is looking at an old foe in a new light. The shellfish group has been studying the invasive wetland grass phragmites as a possible means for removing nitrogen from coastal ponds.

Who's Your Daddy? For Island Shellfish, Honors Go to One Man

On a brisk late April morning, Rick Karney stands at a large sink filled with warm water and 24 Pyrex glass meatloaf dishes filled with filtered salt water and quahaugs. As executive director of the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, Rick is at the leading edge of ongoing work to keep the Island’s abundant shellfish population healthy and productive.

Raw Bar, Hot Tunes for Shellfish Group's Annual Fundraiser

The raw bar will be hopping from 6 to 10 p.m. on May 9 at the Chilmark Community Center for the shellfish group spring fundraiser.

Menemsha Fishmonger Sees Hope for Future in Blue Mussel Farm

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.

Don't Have to Pave Paradise to Ruin It

Tales of a Vineyard primeval are part of tradition. In that Island Eden, great whales, swordfish and cod “the waters brought forth abundantly.” Our ponds once runneth over with scallops and oysters.

Shellfish Group Adjusts Priorities After Funding Cuts

Following statewide funding cuts in November, the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group is reassessing maintenance projects for this year and contemplating the future of its shell recovery program.

Shellfish Funding Cut

The Executive Office for Administration and Finance eliminated funding in FY 2015 legislative appropriation, including funding for shellfish propagation in Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties.

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