Oyster Farmers Reeling Over Bed Closures
September 21, 2013
Boston Globe: The recent state-ordered closures of oyster beds in Duxbury, Marshfield, Kingston, and Plymouth [Massachusetts] have left local aquaculturists reeling from lost revenues and wondering when they’ll get back to business.
Officials banned oyster harvesting in Plymouth Harbor, Kingston Bay, Duxbury Bay, Bluefish River, and Back River on Aug. 30 following an outbreak of vibrio parahaemolyticus, a naturally occurring organism that can cause gastrointestinal illness. On September 9, the state announced another closure of oyster beds, this time in Katama Bay on the western end of Martha’s Vineyard. The ban now affects more than 3 dozen oyster farmers south of Boston.