Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group

Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group
The Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group, Inc. is a non-profit organization comprised of the shellfish departments the six Island towns. For over thirty years, the Group's community-based resource management program has sought to preserve and expand the Island's traditional shellfisheries. Key to this effort has been the operation of a solar-assisted shellfish hatchery, the application of innovative aquaculture technology and a continuing vigilance to improve and maintain the good surface water quality crucial to a viable shellfish industry.

 

 

 

News & Announcements



 

April 14, 2014. Thank you!

Did everybody have fun? Because I did, and I saw our director dance for the first time in 13 years so my life is now complete. I want to thank everyone that made Saturday night possible, it was an amazing team effort.
Annoucing the 3rd annual Shellfish Extravaganza and Chowder Contest for Saturday April 12, 2014.  

Annoucing the 3rd annual Shellfish Extravaganza and Chowder Contest for Saturday April 12, 2014.

It's finally here! The evening will start at 6 pm with our chowder contest. So far, contestants include Atria, the Beach Plum, Herring Run Kitchens and Provisions, Lucky Hank, The Newes from America, the Harbor View and Lure at the Winnetu....Teddy Diggs, our winner from last year moved to NC so the title is up for grabs.
Annoucing the second annual Shellfish Extravaganza Benefit for April 20th!  

Annoucing the second annual Shellfish Extravaganza Benefit for April 20th!

Last year was a blast, let's do it again!
February 25th, 2013. Pumps are on!  

February 25th, 2013. Pumps are on!

Well it was a very busy winter. No one went on vacation, we all stayed right here.
December 10, 2012. Thoughts about shellfish.  

December 10, 2012. Thoughts about shellfish.

Read the annual letter of appeal from our Director, Rick Karney.
October 11, 2012. Paul Dobbins visits for a seaweed tutorial and dinner.  

October 11, 2012. Paul Dobbins visits for a seaweed tutorial and dinner.

September 29, 2012. Living local seaweed testing.  

September 29, 2012. Living local seaweed testing.

Our booth featuring seaweed salad made with locally harvested seaweed was a huge hit with the public.
July 2012. Setting up the remote set tanks.  

July 2012. Setting up the remote set tanks.

July 12, 2012. It's Ceili's birthday!  

July 12, 2012. It's Ceili's birthday!

...and Molly made the most incredible shellfish themed cupcakes. Meanwhile, the baby scallops are growing...
July 11, 2012. First oyster spawn of the season!  

July 11, 2012. First oyster spawn of the season!

62 million oyster eggs were produced...
July 3, 2012. Deploying the Agardhiella lines.  

July 3, 2012. Deploying the Agardhiella lines.

First step of our seaweed experiment.
June 20, 2012. First Scallop Spawn!  

June 20, 2012. First Scallop Spawn!

It is the first scallop spawn of the season.
June 14, 2012. Distribution has begun!  

June 14, 2012. Distribution has begun!

The largest of the baby quahogs have reached 1 mm and are ready to be deployed in field nurseries.
May, 2012. MVSG secures funding from Friends of Sengekontacket for clam bioremediation project.  

May, 2012. MVSG secures funding from Friends of Sengekontacket for clam bioremediation project.

Bivalve mollusks like the hard shell clams found in Sengekontacket are filter feeders. They clear excess particles and microscopic algae from waters at rates of 1 to 4 L/h, and healthy populations of shellfish can filter a substantial fraction of the water in coastal ponds on a daily basis.
Arpil 28, 2012. Benefit Dance and Silent Auction is a huge success!  

Arpil 28, 2012. Benefit Dance and Silent Auction is a huge success!

We all had a great time! More than 800 pieces were sold at the raw bar featuring oysters from Katama Bay, Edgartown Great Pond and Tisbury Great Pond, and also little necks from Sengekontacket.
April 20, 2012. First quahog spawn of the season.  

April 20, 2012. First quahog spawn of the season.

It was a beautiful day to spawn at the shellfish hatchery. With the visit of former staff Emma Green-Beach and some of her MBL interns.
Follow us on Facebook!  

Follow us on Facebook!

The Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group now has a facebook page. Follow us on Facebook for more updates, photos and videos!
April 2012. MVSG secures funding with the Edey Foundation to investigate the potential of cultured seaweed in Lagoon Pond.  

April 2012. MVSG secures funding with the Edey Foundation to investigate the potential of cultured seaweed in Lagoon Pond.

In recent decades, the water quality in the Island’s ponds has declined significantly and resulted in a damaged local marine ecosystem, compromised marine habitats and a decline in fish and shellfish populations.
Announcing benefit dance for April 28, 2012!  

Announcing benefit dance for April 28, 2012!

The MV Shellfish Group is planning a benefit for April 28th at the Chilmark Community Center.
January 21rst, 2012. Shell Recycling Workshop is here!  

January 21rst, 2012. Shell Recycling Workshop is here!

Come to the Shell Recycling Workshop this Saturday at the Wakeman Center. 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
December 8, 2011. Give the gift of Shellfish for Christmas!  

December 8, 2011. Give the gift of Shellfish for Christmas!

We all have too much STUFF! This Christmas adopt a scallop, clam or oyster! Make a donation in someone's name and we will e-mail you an adoption certificate.
November 29, 2011. Annual Letter of Appeal.  

November 29, 2011. Annual Letter of Appeal.

Dear Friends, 2012 will mark the 35th anniversary of the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group. Traditionally such a milestone is reason to reflect on the past and ponder the future. So please permit me to indulge in some memories.
October 21, 2011. Permanent Endowment grants the Shellfish Group funds for Lobster Hatchery operating cost.  

October 21, 2011. Permanent Endowment grants the Shellfish Group funds for Lobster Hatchery operating cost.

Begun in the 1930’s by Martha’s Vineyard native John Hughes, the historic Massachusetts State Lobster Hatchery in Oak Bluffs evolved into a world-renowned facility for its cutting edge research and developments in lobster biology and culture.
October 20, 2011. Shell Recycling Project secures funding for workshop.  

October 20, 2011. Shell Recycling Project secures funding for workshop.

Shells of bivalves such as clams, scallops and oysters are routinely discarded along with household and commercial trash, when in reality, they are a valuable, renewable resource.
October 11, 2011. Menemsha pond's amazing scallop set.  

October 11, 2011. Menemsha pond's amazing scallop set.

It was time for a boat ride. All summer long, we are cooped up the hatchery and rarely see the fruits of our labor in the field. (Watch the video!)
October 4, 2011. Pumps are off!  

October 4, 2011. Pumps are off!

There is silence and relief today, and also a little nostalgia. All the kids are gone, shellfish and human.
September 23, 2011. Oyster remote set progress.  

September 23, 2011. Oyster remote set progress.

A shell from the remote set in Tisbury Great Pond looks really amazing. See the before and after!
August 25-Sept 3. More single oysters leave the building.  

August 25-Sept 3. More single oysters leave the building.

The single oysters are growing in the zen shack upwellers, as soon as they are large enough, they are counted and distributed to the towns of Edgartown, West Tisbury and Chilmark.
August 19, 2011. Shellfish Group staff goes to the Ag Fair!  

August 19, 2011. Shellfish Group staff goes to the Ag Fair!

There were rides, corn dogs, ribs, blue ribbons and near vomiting....the staff had a blast at the fair!
August 17, 2011. Amazing fund raiser at Atria.  

August 17, 2011. Amazing fund raiser at Atria.

The food and wine were just amazing. Atria restaurant does it again and raises over $1,500 for the Shellfish Group.
August 17, 2011. Singles oysters leave for Edgartown and Tisbury Great Ponds.  

August 17, 2011. Singles oysters leave for Edgartown and Tisbury Great Ponds.

The first batch of single oysters are ready to go and leave our nursery for field nursery in Edgartown and Tisbury Great Ponds.
August 11, 2011. Another attempt at a scallop triploid spawn.   

August 11, 2011. Another attempt at a scallop triploid spawn.

Another attempt to spawn triploid scallops for tetraploid induction proves unsuccessful...
August 3, 2011. Shellfish Group Barbecue!  

August 3, 2011. Shellfish Group Barbecue!

We finally have a staff party, cheese cake, burgers, and a tour of Rick's beautiful garden...
July 29, 2011. Oyster larvae are ready to set.  

July 29, 2011. Oyster larvae are ready to set.

After 16 days as swimming larvae, the oysters are ready to go through metamorphosis and cement on a substrate. (Watch the video!)
Upcoming - August 17, 2011. Benefit wine and oyster tasting at Atria restaurant.  

Upcoming - August 17, 2011. Benefit wine and oyster tasting at Atria restaurant.

Treat your palate to decadent oysters prepared in various ways with endless glasses of sparkling wine from across the globe. Expect to win exciting prizes, learn about the varietals of bubbles & meet industry “big wigs”.
July 27, 2011. New women's T-shirts are in!!!  

July 27, 2011. New women's T-shirts are in!!!

Liz is feeling good and looking even better today in her new Shellfish Group t-shirt.
July 20, 2011. More Cheez-its please!  

July 20, 2011. More Cheez-its please!

The hatchery staff seems to be addicted to Cheez-its more and more each day.
July 15, 2011. The last of the quahogs leave the nest.  

July 15, 2011. The last of the quahogs leave the nest.

It was a gorgeous cool day today. Hatchery assistant Molly Bangs got to Chappy early to bag the last of the quahog seed to give away to Aquinnah shellfish constable Chip Vanderhoop.
July 13, 2011. Oysters are born!  

July 13, 2011. Oysters are born!

The Edgartown Great Pond broodstock had been kept cool in a closed system for the past month to make sure we didn't miss our window.
July 5, 2011. Scallop distribution begins.  

July 5, 2011. Scallop distribution begins.

The first batch is only 300 to 400 microns but the hatchery is bursting at the seems so they need to go out into the field.
July 1rst, 2011. Scallop Spawn, we do it again!  

July 1rst, 2011. Scallop Spawn, we do it again!

We are ahead of schedule this year, while the fisrt batch is setting, another scallop spawn yields 30 million eggs.
June 16, 2011. Taste of the Vineyard becomes the first public event for the MV Sell Recovery Initiative.  

June 16, 2011. Taste of the Vineyard becomes the first public event for the MV Sell Recovery Initiative.

Our new MV Shell Recovery program funded last month by the Edey foundation and run by Jessica Kanozak saw its first public event last night.
June 15, 2011. Bad triploid scallop spawn, great diploid spawn!   

June 15, 2011. Bad triploid scallop spawn, great diploid spawn!

We were hoping for a good triploid spawn, but our experimental trials will have to wait. Without really trying, we ended the day with 37 million regular diploid scallop larvae.
June 2, 2011. Let the distribution begin!  

June 2, 2011. Let the distribution begin!

The buildings have been packed to the gills with baby quahogs for weeks. The staff is exhausted. Rick hasn't taken a day off for 2 months. It's time to GET THEM OUTTA HERE!
April 14, 2011. Good clams, great spawn.  

April 14, 2011. Good clams, great spawn.

We had a great quahog spawn today to put us back in the game.
March 3, 2011. Quahogs are in!  

March 3, 2011. Quahogs are in!

It's that time of year again. Quahog broodstock is in and conditioning downstairs.
January 26, 2011. News from Africa: successful spawn in Zanzibar.  

January 26, 2011. News from Africa: successful spawn in Zanzibar.

Good news! Rick had a really fantastic spawning of Anandara, 22+ million fertilized eggs from 6 females and he thinks 7 males.
September 1, 2010. Hatchery closes early as its director undergoes surgery.  

September 1, 2010. Hatchery closes early as its director undergoes surgery.

Pumps are off, floors are drying, the rest of this season's work will take place in the field...
July 21,2010. Another successful scallop spawn.  

July 21,2010. Another successful scallop spawn.

July 20,2010. Amazing oyster set in Tisbury and Edgartown great pond.  

July 20,2010. Amazing oyster set in Tisbury and Edgartown great pond.

Well, would you believe it? After years of succumbing to the parasite Perkinsus marinus, a southern disease harmless to humans, oysters are finally fighting back in Tisbury Great pond.
July 1, 2010. Studying the effect of adult oysters on larvae recruitment.  

July 1, 2010. Studying the effect of adult oysters on larvae recruitment.

We designed a study to investigate our hypothesis that adult oysters release a type of cue which the larvae detect and are more likely to set near by.
June 30, 2010. Triploid scallop tagging.  

June 30, 2010. Triploid scallop tagging.

June 29, 2010. Best oyster spawn in the history of the Shellfish Group!  

June 29, 2010. Best oyster spawn in the history of the Shellfish Group!

"I have never seen anything like it" said Rick Karney, director of the Shellfish Group for the past 35 years.
June 15, 2010. First scallop spawn of the season comes early.  

June 15, 2010. First scallop spawn of the season comes early.

 

June 6 to June 18, 2010. Quahog distribution.

April 8, 2010. Quahogs spawn millions!  

April 8, 2010. Quahogs spawn millions!

 

March10, 2010. Let the Quahog conditioning begin!

Broodstocks from the towns of Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Chilmark and Tisbury were brought in for conditioning.
March 20, 2010. New floor is in!  

March 20, 2010. New floor is in!

Everything was taken out of the building to allow the installation of the new poured in floor.
Announcing: Friday May 14th, 2010. Benefit wine tasting at ATRIA  

Announcing: Friday May 14th, 2010. Benefit wine tasting at ATRIA

Join us for the 1st Annual Martha's Vineyard California Wine Affair, the marquee wine tasting, in historic Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard.
July 17, 2009. Oysters finally spawn millions.  

July 17, 2009. Oysters finally spawn millions.

After 3 days of waiting, the oysters finally spawned.
June 28, 2009. Scallop spawn.  

June 28, 2009. Scallop spawn.

In an attempt to produce tetraploid scallops, triploid and regular diploid scallops were spawned.
July 1rst, 2009. Distribution week!!  

July 1rst, 2009. Distribution week!!

We spawned them, we set them, we fed them, we sieved them, and now, we say "good luck and goodbye"...
June 2009. Gathering mussel seed.  

June 2009. Gathering mussel seed.

Jack saves the day again, providing enough mussel seed for our demontration offshore mussel farm.
April 2009. A slow start.  

April 2009. A slow start.

Well, what do you know... the quahogs spawned in the bucket 2 days before our scheduled spawn.
March 1, 2009. It's on!  

March 1, 2009. It's on!

The shellfish group staff starts the season with algae growing and quahog conditioning
August 26, 2008. Measure mussels and say goodbye!  

August 26, 2008. Measure mussels and say goodbye!

The staff measures mussels from the offshore experiment. Emma Green-Beach and Jimmy Bishop leave the nest...
August 23. We go to the fair  

August 23. We go to the fair

Rick, Emma, liz and Amandine go to the fair
August 15, 22, 29, 2008. Triploid Scallop spawn.  

August 15, 22, 29, 2008. Triploid Scallop spawn.

A worldwide first, triploid scallops were spawn to attempt the creation of a tetraploid broodtock.
July 27, 2008. Remote set oysters are transfered to floating rafts  

July 27, 2008. Remote set oysters are transfered to floating rafts

Shell bags covered with newly set oysters were transfered to floating rafts on Sunday.
July 1, 2008. Hatchery staff spawns again.  

July 1, 2008. Hatchery staff spawns again.

The hatchery staff spawns oyster broodstock from Edgartown and Tisbury Great Ponds. Watch the Movie!
June 13, 2008. First scallop spawn.  

June 13, 2008. First scallop spawn.

The largest bay scallops I have ever seen were spawned on friday.
April 15, 2008. First quahog spawn of the season  

April 15, 2008. First quahog spawn of the season

Clams from three Martha's Vineyard towns were spawned on april 15. Watch the movie!
March 10, 2008. Quahog conditioning is on..  

March 10, 2008. Quahog conditioning is on..

Parents of the next mvsg grown clam generation started conditioning on Monday.
March 6, 2008. Spring kick off  

March 6, 2008. Spring kick off

It's that time of year again,we are gearing up for a busy and hopefully uneventful season.
July 5, 2007. Stupid accident leaves hatchery understaffed  

July 5, 2007. Stupid accident leaves hatchery understaffed

On thursday july 5, hatchery manager Amandine Surier slips and falls, breaking a bone in her foot.
June 29, 2007. The scallops are leaving the building...  

June 29, 2007. The scallops are leaving the building...

The scallop seed is being distributed to the towns of Edgartown, Tisbury, Oak Bluffs and Chilmark.
June 6, 2007. Bay scallop spawn  

June 6, 2007. Bay scallop spawn

Surf is up. The Bay scallops have been rippening long enough at the Chappy nursery. It's time to give it a go.
May 25, 2007. Fact finding trip to offshore mussel farm in NH  

May 25, 2007. Fact finding trip to offshore mussel farm in NH

A group of fishermen from Martha's Vineyard visited the first East Coast offshore mussel farm near the Isle of Shoales in New Hampshire
May 2, 2007. Quahog Spawn  

May 2, 2007. Quahog Spawn

The second quahog spawn of the season yielded more than 19 million embryos.
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