Rhode Island Company Gets Bay State’s Oldest Shellfish Grant
March 21, 2011
A Rhode Island company has gained Massachusetts’s oldest shellfish grant, according to an article in the Cape Cod Times.
Earlier this month, Falmouth selectmen unanimously approved the extension of the Waquoit Bay-based Seapit River shellfish grant and its transfer to a new company, Atlantic Oysters LLC. The extension was granted despite opposition from local fishermen and members of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, who argued the town should take local interests into consideration by dividing the larger-than-average grant for more people to use.
The grant was originally created in 1877, and had been held by the Kelley family of Seapit Road, Waquoit, since 1956. Denise Kelley, who had held the grant since 1986, sought to transfer it to Atlantic Oysters LLC. Despite the objections, selectmen said they saw no reason to deny the permit.
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