Toxic Plankton Shuts Down Shellfishing, Algae Raises Alarm

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.

Vineyard Oyster Farmers Get Creative to Keep Vibrio at Bay

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.

Brotherhood of Oysters Is Delicious

Under a silvery gray sky this week, brothers Dan and Greg Martino motored out from Lagoon Pond to their oyster farm off Eastville.

Katama Bay Oyster Farms Reopen

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.

Katama Bay Oyster Farm Closure Extended

Katama Bay oyster farms will remain closed for another week following additional confirmed cases of Vibrio illness tied to the area, a state Department of Marine Fisheries official said Tuesday afternoon. Chris Schillaci told oyster farmers that handling is not the problem.

State Issues Precautionary Closure of Katama Bay Oyster Farms

Katama Bay oyster farms have been closed for a week because of three cases of confirmed cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus illness tied to consumption of raw oysters from the area, state officials announced Wednesday.

Court Dispute Over Oyster Farm Ends

Oak Bluffs has reached an agreement with an Eastville homeowner who had sued the town over an aquaculture venture near his home.

Eastville Resident Sues Town Over Oyster Farm

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.

State Eyes Tighter Rules for Oyster Handling

With Vibrio an ongoing concern, guidelines for handling and transporting oysters are expected to be revised again. Vineyard oyster farmers have been exemplary in adhering to protocols, state officials said.

New Oyster Farms, Returning Food Truck in Chilmark

Four new oyster farms could be coming soon to Menemsha Pond, which already hosts six aquaculture ventures.