Oyster Farming in Buzzards Bay
December 3, 2010
An article by Jaime Rebhan in Wareham Week describes the work of oyster farmers in an unlikely and unheralded part of Buzzards Bay—the Wareham River. Here’s an excerpt:
“You’ve probably eaten a few oysters on the half-shell, but have you ever wondered how shellfish get from the sea to your plate?
The Town of Wareham has seven aquaculture farms, on which growers harvest shellfish to sell to distributors, said Harbormaster Garry Buckminster. Growers lease these “shellfish grants” from the town for ten-year periods.
Charlie Maxim, who has a shellfish grant on Long Beach, has been harvesting shellfish for nearly his whole life. He knows much about the history of the area’s shellfishing industry.”
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