Katama Bay Oyster Farms Back in Business

Oyster farms on the bay are open again after a one-week precautionary closure spurred by cases of Vibrio illness. Meanwhile, discussion has begun among oyster farmers and biologists about taking a proactive approach to the problem, possibly through planned closures during warm weather.

State Closes Katama Bay Oyster Farms for One Week

Edgartown’s bustling aquaculture industry is on hold this week, with Katama Bay oyster farms temporarily closed because of reported cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp). The state Department of Public Health and Division of Marine Fisheries announced the closure, which is expected to last one week, on Wednesday.

Shellfish Sense

In the midst of dire news about declining fish stocks, the developing oyster farming industry on the Vineyard offers a rare opportunity for optimism.

State Confirms Cases of Vibrio from Farmed Oysters

Oysters harvested from Katama Bay in Edgartown earlier this summer have been linked to two confirmed cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection. State and local health officials said no evidence of mishandling was found and no closures have been ordered.

Oyster Farms Expand to Outside Waters in Edgartown

Edgartown shellfishermen are one step closer to farming in a new spot in Nantucket Sound, following an approval from the selectmen on Monday. The site, called the middle flats, is a 35-acre area located about a mile north of Eel Pond.

State Details New Plan Aimed at Preventing Oyster Contamination

The state has issued new tougher regulations to guard against outbreaks of a shellfish bacteria known as Vibrio that closed Katama Bay to oyster harvesting for three weeks last fall.

State Sets New Protocol for Safe Handling of Oysters

Oyster growers and state officials meet this morning to discuss a state plan to control the bacteria Vp which plagued commercial growers in the region last year, including on the Vineyard. The public meeting is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Katharine Cornell Theatre.

Selectmen Grant Preliminary Approval to Oak Bluffs Oyster Farm

Brothers Greg and Dan Martino plan to grow 50,000 oysters per year in bottom cages off of Eastville Beach in Oak Bluffs as early as next spring. Oak Bluffs selectmen gave preliminary approval as long as the Martino brothers' equipment does not prevent boats from passing through the area.

Oyster Farm Expansion Allowed at Eel Pond in Edgartown

Roy Scheffer and his son Jeremy Scheffer will put two small farms to keep cages of oysters in the area known as middle flats. Father and son already grow oysters in Katama Bay.

Oyster Restoration

The Nature Conservancy would like to thank our partners in this past year’s oyster restoration project in the Tisbury Great Pond, straddling the Chilmark/West Tisbury town line at the mouth of Town Cove.