There are currently 8,400 acres of open water available for commercial shellfishing within New Bedford’s jurisdiction. The New Bedford Port Authority, in partnership with the City of New Bedford is currently developing the regulations and processes to make it easy for commercial aquaculture to take root in the city.
In 2018, we received a grant from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to develop aquaculture off New Bedford. As a partner on this project, the Community Boating Center will be seeding oysters in Clark’s Cove in early 2019 and has begun developing job training curriculum for 7th graders. They are also putting together a job training program for adults interested in learning how to grow oysters, in partnership with Seth Garfield of Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms and Dale Leavitt, Associate Professor of Biology at Roger Williams University.
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