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.

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State Confirms Cases of Vibrio from Farmed Oysters
Olivia Hull

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.

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Oyster Farms Expand to Outside Waters in Edgartown
Olivia Hull

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.

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State Details New Plan Aimed at Preventing Oyster Contamination
Sara Brown
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.
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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.
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Selectmen Grant Preliminary Approval to Oak Bluffs Oyster Farm
Olivia Hull
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.
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Oyster Farm Expansion Allowed at Eel Pond in Edgartown
Sara Brown
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.
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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.
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Burgeoning Oyster Farms in Edgartown Spur Need for More Shellfish Personnel
Sara Brown
Town selectmen approved a request from the shellfish committee to add personnel hours, but balked at adding an entirely new employee to the department.
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Champions of the Local Oyster Unite
Remy Tumin
Rick Karney had a message for diners at a Slow Food event this week: Eat more oysters.

“Its’ an industry that cleans the water, creates a sustainable food product and creates habitat,” said the longtime director of the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group. “In order for this industry to flourish, we have to put more in . . . as you eat your oysters tonight, they’re not only good but they’re doing a good thing for the environment.”

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