The Friends of Sengekontacket has expanded its summer internship program to two positions.


A long-simmering dispute over bay scallop fishing in Oak Bluffs has erupted in physical confrontation, theft, and vandalism over the past month.

A Sengekontacket oyster project has been such a success that the shellfish department will ask selectmen to open the pond to commercial oystering.

Selectmen this week tried to broker a compromise solution in a heated dispute among town shellfishermen over the closing of Sengekontacket Pond to bay scalloping on the Oak Bluffs side.

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.


For the second time this month, Sengekontacket Pond has been closed to shellfishing because of rainfall. The town of Oak Bluffs said the pond was closed Wednesday and would reopen on Monday, July 20 at the earliest. If there is more rainfall, the closure could be extended.