SouthCoastToday: Shellfish wardens in Mattapoisett and Fairhaven [Massachusetts] are happy as clams to be participating once again in the state’s “shellfish relay program” this week.

The program allows towns to take quahogs from the Taunton River and use them to seed local shellfishing spots.

“It helps our population considerably,” said Mattapoisett Natural Resource Officer Kathy Massey, who is seeding the town’s Shining Tide area with 200 bushels of quahogs this week. “Without this program we couldn’t allow as much shellfishing.”

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