A Weekend of Shearing and Shucking

It’s a surf and turf kind of weekend on the Vineyard with not one but three celebrations of field and sea.

Shuck and Jive Shellfish Extravaganza

For a buck a shuck and a dance with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group has Saturday night covered.

Shellfish Group Hatches Strong Season

The Vineyard had a bumper crop of hatchery-raised shellfish this year. The Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, which provides shellfish to all Island towns, produced nearly double the number of quahaugs and oysters. The bay scallop crop was also good, although not as good as last year.

Oil Spill in Edgartown Harbor Kills Million Baby Oysters and Fouls Waters

Oil Spill in Edgartown Harbor Kills Million Baby Oysters and Fouls Waters

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

An oil spill of unknown origin sullied the pristine water of the outer Edgartown harbor yesterday, ruining an entire crop of juvenile shellfish at a hatchery owned by the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group and posing a possible threat to the rich bay scallop beds off the north shore of Chappaquiddick.

Shellfish May Survive Edgartown Oil Spill; Emergency Seen as Serious Wake-up Call

Shellfish May Survive Edgartown Oil Spill; Emergency Seen as Serious Wake-up Call

By JULIA WELLS

The director of the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group said there may be good news for a crop of about a million baby oysters that were threatened by an oil spill in the Edgartown harbor early this week.

"I don't want to say that we are out of the woods entirely, but the oysters may survive," said shellfish group director Rick Karney on Wednesday this week.

Experts Will Hold Summit Next Week to Discuss Shellfish Die Off at Hatchery

Following the die off of juvenile shellfish at the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group in recent weeks, there will be a summit of the minds next Wednesday at the Tisbury Town Hall. Shellfish constables, biologists, members of the Lagoon Pond Association and the Tisbury Waterways Inc. will meet at noon to talk about the next step in protecting the water quality in the pond.

Shellfish Group Struggles with Shortfall

Shellfish Group Struggles with Shortfall

By MARK ALAN LOVEWELL

The Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group is in the midst of a financial crisis. Director Rick Karney is troubled; it means greater hardship in an already difficult business of raising juvenile shellfish.

A Taste of Vineyard First: Compare Island's Oysters

The Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group will be offering treats from Island waters at the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust's Taste of the Vineyard gourmet stroll this Thursday night. They'll have a booth featuring their flavorful Island-cultured oysters. This year, strollers will be able to compare oysters cultured in Menemsha Pond and oysters raised in Katama Bay.

Success of Blue Mussel Project Heartens Fishing Advocates

For Rick Karney, director of the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group, 2008 is becoming the Year of the Blue Mussel.

In recent weeks, Mr. Karney’s group has received positive news about the prospects of raising blue mussels in local waters.

While the Island group already raises juvenile bay scallops, quahaugs and oysters for participating towns on a regular basis, the organization also is participating in a blue-mussel experiment that could expand aquaculture to the open water.

Saving the Planet, One Oyster at a Time

The Copenhagen climate summit has been much in the news for two weeks and the media is full of stories about rising carbon dioxide (C02) levels, increasing acidity of the oceans, drastic changes in weather patterns, the warmest decade on record, melting glaciers, rising sea water levels and coastal communities in imminent danger of inundation. And that’s just the tip of the melting iceberg!

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