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Town Shellfish Crier 

March 20, 2018 


  1. The Herring River should re-open at sunrise tomorrow 

Tonight, the Board of Selectmen will vote to open the Herring River at sunrise Wed., March 21, and close on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Please check our Facebook page for the result. The Shellfish Dept. has re-positioned and re-painted the three candy-striped poles delineating the northern edge line beyond which (towards the dike) is the area permanently closed to shellfishing. Please respect the line when fishing. 


  1. Planning Board Hearing March 21, 7 p.m. at COA 

The Wellfleet Planning Board is holding a hearing at 7 p.m. on March 21, 2018, at the Council on Aging (Senior Center) on three different proposed articles to amend the town zoning bylaw Section 6.22 Home Occupation. Two petitioned articles were submitted by Mike DeVasto to refine and add language to better protect and preserve shellfishing use as home occupation, and the planning board drafted changes of its own. Please attend and share your thoughts! 


  1. Budget Update 

The Finance Committee unanimously recommended the Shellfish Dept.’s budget to the Board of Selectmen, who in turn recommended the budget as part of the town warrant. Please turn out for Town Meeting, Monday evening, April 23, to vote the budget through. 


  1. 2017 by the numbers! 

The Mass. Division of Marine Fisheries has released draft statistics for 2017 shellfish landings. In 2017, Wellfleet was first in the state for both wild oyster landings and farmed quahog landings. It was third in the Commonwealth for farmed oysters and fourth for wild quahogs. These oyster and clam sales represented more than $6.3M to local shellfishermen, highlighting the importance of the shellfish industry as an economic engine for the town.  


  1. Beach Clean Up 

We thank commercial shellfisherman Grant Reed and all the shellfish farmers who turned out to help with an initial post-ice aquaculture gear clean up on Feb. 20. Paine Hollow and other places still have much debris, so we are asking growers to keep cleaning up. 


Contact Nancy at or 617-901-7193 with any questions, comments or ideas for future Town Criers. Thank you! 


Nancy CivettaJohn MankevetchChris Manulla 

Shellfish ConstableAssistant Shellfish ConstableDeputy Shellfish Constable