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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Shuck and Jive Shellfish Extravaganza
Remy Tumin

For a buck a shuck and a dance with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group has Saturday night covered.

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Shellfish Group Hatches Strong Season
Mark Alan Lovewell

The Vineyard had a bumper crop of hatchery-raised shellfish this year. The Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, which provides shellfish to all Island towns, produced nearly double the number of quahaugs and oysters. The bay scallop crop was also good, although not as good as last year.

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Oil Spill in Edgartown Harbor Kills Million Baby Oysters and Fouls Waters
Julia Wells

Oil Spill in Edgartown Harbor Kills Million Baby Oysters and Fouls Waters

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

An oil spill of unknown origin sullied the pristine water of the outer Edgartown harbor yesterday, ruining an entire crop of juvenile shellfish at a hatchery owned by the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group and posing a possible threat to the rich bay scallop beds off the north shore of Chappaquiddick.

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Shellfish May Survive Edgartown Oil Spill; Emergency Seen as Serious Wake-up Call
Julia Wells

Shellfish May Survive Edgartown Oil Spill; Emergency Seen as Serious Wake-up Call

By JULIA WELLS

The director of the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group said there may be good news for a crop of about a million baby oysters that were threatened by an oil spill in the Edgartown harbor early this week.

"I don't want to say that we are out of the woods entirely, but the oysters may survive," said shellfish group director Rick Karney on Wednesday this week.

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Shellfish Kill at Lagoon Hatchery; Ninety Per Cent of Crop Is Lost; Failing Water Quality Is Cited
Julia Wells

The director of the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group said yesterday that nearly four million healthy juvenile shellfish under culture at his Lagoon Pond hatchery have died in the last three weeks because of extremely poor water quality in the pond.

The deteriorating water quality has not affected mature shellfish and there is no danger to humans who eat shellfish from the pond.

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