Oyster Talk Digs Into Tasty Tidbits of Farming the Sea
Sara Brown
Oyster farming is no longer a promising trend but a vibrant reality and a million-dollar industry on the Vineyard, five members of the Island aquaculture community told a gathering at the Gazette newsroom Tuesday.
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Edgartown Extends Bay Scallop Season
Sara Brown
Edgartown selectmen voted Monday to extend the bay scalloping season in Katama Bay for an additional two weeks to account for available scallops and lost fishing days because of the weather.
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Committee Shelves Oyster Farm Expansion at Cape Pogue
Sara Brown

The Edgartown shellfish committee will shelve for now a plan to expand oyster farms to Cape Pogue Pond, amid conflicting opinions about protecting the bay and a desire to build on aquaculture.

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State Issues Two-Week Closure for Katama Bay Oyster Farms
Sara Brown

Katama Bay oyster farms have been closed for two weeks following three confirmed cases of Vibrio illness tied to oysters from the area.

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Romancing the Oyster

It’s time for the annual Romancing the Oyster event at the Harbor View Hotel.

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Toxic Plankton Shuts Down Shellfishing, Algae Raises Alarm
Julia Wells and Heather Hamacek
It’s been bad news for shellfishing on Martha’s Vineyard and beyond in recent days, from a state-ordered closure to the discovery last week of a heavy algae bloom in the Tisbury Great Pond.
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Vineyard Oyster Farmers Get Creative to Keep Vibrio at Bay
Alex Elvin
While a new study on Vibrio looks at possible causes, from warming seas to increased demand, Vineyard growers are using various techniques to combat the bacteria during the hottest months.
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Brotherhood of Oysters Is Delicious
Alex Elvin
Under a silvery gray sky this week, brothers Dan and Greg Martino motored out from Lagoon Pond to their oyster farm off Eastville.
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Katama Bay Oyster Farms Reopen
Sara Brown

Katama Bay oyster farms reopened for business Thursday morning after a two-week closure because of Vibrio illness traced to consumption of raw oysters harvested from the water. The 12 aquaculture farms operating on the bay were back up and running early Thursday.

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Scientists Use Katama Bay for Detailed Study of Oysters and Vibrio
Sara Brown
As Katama Bay oyster farms remain closed because of Vibrio illness tied to raw oysters, scientists are using the bay as a testing ground to understand more about the bacteria and how it interacts with oysters.
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