The State of Massachusetts and its commercial shellfish harvesters go to great lengths to ensure shellfish are of the utmost quality when brought to market. Buying locally you can be assured that shellfish is harvested under strict state regulatory standards, while overseas imports are rarely inspected.
• The American Heart Association has recommended consuming fish or shellfish at least twice a week as part of a heart healthy diet, that’s 104 times a year!
• The Omega-3’s DHA and EPA found in shellfish are particularly important for brain development and prevention of heart disease.
WHOI Sea Grant's Marine Team does research and outreach work that supports the shellfish aquaculture industry, and municipal recreational shellfisheries. Recent research projects have included: Marine Team also managed 5 water quality monitoring sites and 5 long term growth and survival sites.
- Abigail Archer and Diane Murphy, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, Melissa Sanderson, Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, and Michele Insley, Wellfleet SPAT: Market Development to Diversify Shellfish Aquaculture Products in Massachusetts
- Daniel Rogers, Stonehill College, and Virginia Edgcomb, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Understanding the Impact of Floating Oyster Aquaculture on the Carbon and Nitrogen Flux to the Sediments using Natural Abundance Isotopic Surveys and Metagenomic Approaches
- Shellfish, nitrogen and the health of our coastal waters (2014)
- Tools to aid on-bottom oyster culture in deeper waters (2022)
- Field nursery options as alternatives to upwelling for small oyster seed (2022)