Nantucket’s shellfisheries are significant both locally and nationally. Locally, commercial and recreational shellfishing are critical to the Island’s history, culture, and economy. Nationally, the Island’s largest commercial shellfishery — the Nantucket bay scallop fishery is one of the last wild-harvest bay scallop fisheries in the country, but there is growing concern over the health of the overall population and the sustainability of the fishery. Given the importance of the shellfisheries on Nantucket and the drastic decline of bay scallop populations elsewhere along the Atlantic coast, there is a compelling interest in ensuring that the Town’s shellfish are managed to sustain both the shellfishing industry and the resources.
This is the first official management plan for commercially and recreationally harvested shellfish in Nantucket waters. The Plan addresses bay scallops, quahogs, oysters, mussels, soft‐shell clams, and conchs.
Herr, Matthew; Dutra, Frank; Riley, Tara; Oktay, Sarah; Boyce, Peter; Smith, Doug; Sjolund, Carl; Kritzer, Jake; Collier, Cormac; Fronzuto, Dave; Uiterwyk, Kristin; Wiggin, Jack; Leavitt, Dale; Bliven, Steve; Novelly, Allison; and Hellin, Dan, "Nantucket Shellfish Management Plan" (2012). Urban Harbors Institute Publications. 40.