Release of 1 million gallons of sewage into Nantucket Harbor a 'serious concern,' Mass DEP says

January 6, 2018 | Shellfish News
The release of over 1 million gallons of raw sewage into Nantucket Harbor following a sewer main break on Thursday could cause significant harm to the harbor's ecosystem and shellfish populations, according to a University of Massachusetts Amherst professor of environmental conservation. The state ... ...read more
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State Closes Shellfish Areas Due To Storm

January 6, 2018 | Shellfish News
As a precaution due to Thursday's storm, January 4, with its associated coastal flooding, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries has declared all shellfish areas in Massachusetts state waters closed until further notice, with an exemption for the adductor muscle of bay and sea scallops only. ...read more
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Ecology completes shrimp pesticide review, expects permit decision soon

January 5, 2018 | Shellfish News
Willapa Bay is one of the largest producers of shellfish in the United States, and a 2013 analysis by the Pacific Shellfish Institute estimated that the Pacific County aquaculture industry generated $90 million in total economic output and nearly 1,600 jobs in 2010. The Willapa Grays Harbor Oyster Growers ... ...read more
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Willapa shrimp spraying permit teeters on DOE decision

January 5, 2018 | Shellfish News
Oyster growers had a spray permit in hand in April 2015 but attempted to put it on hold after industry giant Taylor Shellfish Farms bowed to pressure from Seattle-based environmentalists. DOE interpreted the delay by the Willapa-Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association as an outright surrender of the ... ...read more
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Toxic Algae Closes Important Maine Shellfish Region

January 5, 2018 | Shellfish News
If recent hiccups in the weather and the dire warnings of scientists haven't galvanized people to combat climate change, maybe this will: a rise in sea temperatures is the likely culprit behind recent blooms of toxic algae in Maine, whic cutt off the supply of some of the state's shellfish, reports Fred Bever at ... ...read more
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Woman Dies Of Vibrio From Louisiana Oysters And Water

January 5, 2018 | Shellfish News
About 52,000 people per year contract the disease indirectly by consuming shellfish containing the bacteria. Approximately 80 percent of diseases are contracted between May and October, the time period when LeBlanc was exposed. Most patients experience non life-threatening symptoms such as ... ...read more
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Aquaculture map filling up

January 5, 2018 | Shellfish News
“If this area becomes designated as prohibited for the harvest of shellfish, it will no longer support shellfish aquaculture.” That may explain why only two people applied for acreage on the west side of the Indian River Bay. “Any aquaculturists applying for leases [there] should understand that this area ... ...read more
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Shellfish industry tangles with toxic algae

January 5, 2018 | Shellfish News
FISHERIES. Shellfish industry tangles with toxic algae. Published: Friday, January 5, 2018. A toxic class of algae has hit a large area of Maine's Casco Bay for the first time, shutting down shellfish harvesting for weeks. ...read more
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Shellfishing shutdown statewide

January 5, 2018 | Shellfish News
The state Division of Marine Fisheries has closed Massachusetts waters to shellfishing due to the potential effects of Thursday's storm. Digging, harvesting, collecting or selling shellfish is prohibited until further notice. Aquaculture license holders can do necessary maintenance and retrieval of their ... ...read more
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Shellfish Can't Say No to Drugs

January 5, 2018 | Shellfish News
In their quest to understand the effects of drugs on marine life, however, scientists have found an involuntary ally: shellfish. Because they live stationary lives, clams and mussels have been accidental test subjects in pharmaceutical pollution research. Now, these shellfish are helping sound the alarm ... ...read more
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