Invasive Phragmites in Vineyard Ponds, Friend or Foe?
Alex Elvin

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.

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

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.

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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.
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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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Don't Have to Pave Paradise to Ruin It
Richard Karney

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.

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Shellfish Group Adjusts Priorities After Funding Cuts
Alex Elvin

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.

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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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Governor's Grants Bolster Coastal Restoration on Vineyard, Gosnold
Julia Wells and Sara Brown

Funding was announced Friday for three key projects: the restoration initiative at Squibnocket Beach in Chilmark; a pilot by the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group to sow marshlands with ribbed mussels; and a project at Barges Beach on Cuttyhunk.

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Shellfish Plan Spans Chilmark and Tisbury
Ivy Ashe

With nitrogen pollution a perpetual concern for Vineyard waterways, two towns are hoping that a shellfish experiment will be the latest puzzle piece to fall into place.

Voters in Chilmark and Tisbury will be asked at their respective town meetings next week to fund pilot programs aimed at reducing nitrogen levels in two locations: Chilmark Pond and Lagoon Pond. Through the funding and a partnership with the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, test reefs of noncommercial oysters will be cultivated, in addition to beds of native ribbed mussels.

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A Weekend of Shearing and Shucking
It’s a surf and turf kind of weekend on the Vineyard with not one but three celebrations of field and sea.
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