Sunday, April 14, 2013
The mystery of red tide has been unlocked by recent research funded by NOAA.
Sunday, April 14
New research on harmful algal blooms or “red tide” and at-sea and dockside testing protocols funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will allow for fishermen to harvest ocean quahogs and surf clams on Georges Bank for the first time in more than 20 years, announced the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Wednesday. It is estimated the Georges Bank fishery can produce up to 1 million bushels of surf clams and ocean quahogs a year, valued $10 - 15 million annually. “There is a billion dollars’ worth of shellfish product on Georges Bank that is property of the United States but that can't be harvested because of the threat of toxicity, and 99.9% of the time, it is good wholesome product,” said Dave Wallace of North …
Monday, February 11, 2013
This afternoon, the Edgartown Board of Selectmen reviews two proposed seasonal package stores, gets updated by the Harbormaster about the Falmouth Ferry agreement and hears from the shellfish warden about a change in commercial scallop limits.
Agenda for the Feb. 11, 2013 meeting of the Edgartown Board of Selectmen: 4:00 PM Public Hearing – Vintage MV LLC seasonal all alcohol package goods store. 4:05 PM Public Hearing – 65 Main LLC seasonal all alcohol package goods store. 4:10 PM Charlie Blair, Harbormaster – Falmouth Ferry Agreement. 4:15 PM Paul Bagnall, Shellfish Warden – Commercial Scallop limit change. * Medical Marijuana Articles for Town Meeting. * New Business & Old Business. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in the Fred B. Morgan Jr. Meeting Room, Town Hall, 70 Main Street, Edgartown. Stay Patched in! Follow Martha's Vineyard Patch on Twitter | Like Martha's Vineyard Patch on Facebook | Sign up for the daily email with links to the latest news | Got something to say? Start…
Friday, August 5, 2011
Anyone can do it—you just need the proper equipment, a point in the right direction and a license.
Anyone can vacation on the Island and enjoy their fair share of local seafood at restaurants or seafood markets. But why leave all the fun to the professionals? For the second year in a row, the Kyrcz family and our friends the Salzanos decided to take shellfish matters into our own hands. Remembering how savory the dinner was last year with our haul, we prepared for a day of clamming in Katama Bay. We came to the island prepared for this expedition. Clam rakes: Check. Nail Aprons: Check. Shellfish ring: Check. Clam basket: Check. Appetite: Check! We left the most important element we left to the last minute: the clamming license. Without this $50 piece of paper, obtained at the Edgartown Town Hall—or whichever town hall governs the body …
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
State and local officials gathered last week to anoint the old Oak Bluffs hatchery with new purpose.
The old Lobster Hatchery has a new lease on life. Last Friday state and local officials convened for a brief ceremony to resurrect the long-dormant building on Lagoon Pond. It's new purpose: not lobsters, but shellfish. Per an agreement signed by Division of Marine Fisheries director Paul Diodati and Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group director Rick Karney, the Shellfish Group will utilize part of the building for propagation. “Last year we held a meeting here to discuss the possibility of re-opening the state lobster hatchery,” said Oak Bluffs selectmen chair Kathy Burton, who helped coordinate state and local efforts to re-open the hatchery. “That meeting was motivated by efforts to improve the water quality in the lagoon by increasing …