Sengekontacket Pond Closed to Shellfishing After Rainfall

Sengekontacket Pond has been closed to shellfishing because of rainfall received earlier this week.

The town of Oak Bluffs has advised that the pond will be closed until at least Monday, August 17.

The state mandates pond closures after heavy rainfall because of run-off from waterfowl and other sources. Red flags fly at both bridges on the pond when it is closed to shellfishing.

 

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Sengekontacket Closed for Shellfishing after Rainfall

Sengekontacket Pond will be closed to shellfishing over the holiday weekend because of rainfall on July 1.

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Those Bodacious Bivalves, Softshell Clams
Suzan Bellincampi

The object of my affection today is the softshell clam, Mya arenaria. With the onset of warmer weather, shellfishing is back on many agendas.

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October Rainfall Leads to Sengekontacket Closure

Sengekontacket Pond is closed to shellfishing for five days because of heavy rainfall received Oct. 1.

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Sengekontacket Closed for Shellfishing
Sengekontacket Pond remains closed for shellfishing because of rainfall.
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Tisbury Debates Town Shellfish Regulations
Ivy Ashe

Following a lengthy and well-attended public hearing last week, Tisbury shellfish regulations remain largely unchanged.

A minor change in language regarding area closures was easily approved last Tuesday by the selectmen, along with an update to commercial shellfishing regulations that makes them consistent with state laws. The latter change restricts the number of commercial license holders per boat to two.

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Shellfish Growers Come Out of Cold for Warm-Water Problem: Vibrio
Sara Brown
Oyster farmers want to avoid another bacteria outbreak like the one that forced a temporary shutdown of their business late last summer. State officials are listening.
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Age-old Questions
Suzan Bellincampi
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?
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Bass and Bivalves
Mark Alan Lovewell

The best treat available in the local fish market, and in the restaurants, is something you haven’t eaten in a while — black sea bass, another Vineyard waterfront success story.

We haven’t had the option of buying black sea bass in local fish markets during the summer for at least a half dozen years, if not more. If you have an aversion to oily tasting fish like bluefish, this is your kind of fish. Black sea bass is a white delicate flaky fish that is perfect any way it is cooked.

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Shellfish Fines Coming, Bivalves Blooming
Sara Brown

The Edgartown selectmen Monday approved changes to aquaculture regulations that will allow town shellfish constable Paul Bagnall to write citations for violations.

A first-time violation of town aquaculture bylaws would be accompanied by a $100 penalty, and a second violation, which would come after a week, would have a $500 fine. Under the previous regulations, any violations would go before the selectmen, who would schedule a hearing and write a letter to the offender.“By the time it gets to the board there’s been some fines issued,” Mr. Bagnall said.

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