The Massachusetts Shellfish Initiative (MSI)

What is the MSI? 

Massachusetts shellfishermen (wild and recreational harvesters, aquaculture growers), restoration advocates, concerned citizens, and public officials are invited to learn more about the Shellfish Initiative and play a key role in its development.  If you have not yet attended a meeting or taken the survey, please review the meeting presentation slides and take the online survey to provide your feedback!

The goal of the Massachusetts Shellfish Initiative is to maximize the economic, environmental, and social benefits of the Commonwealth's shellfish resources. This is the first time in recent history that all sectors, from aquaculture and wild harvest to restoration and managers, are working together collaboratively to develop state-wide holistic shellfish goals and guidelines for Mass. Interest in and development of all aspects of shellfish have been on the rise in recent years and a comprehensive statewide plan would support continued responsible growth.

Massachusetts Aquaculture AssociationCape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance, and The Nature Conservancy, with doctoral students from the University of Massachusetts Boston, are compiling feedback to guide the emerging Massachusetts Shellfish Initiative (MSI).

If you are on Martha's Vineyard, you are invited to attend a meeting to discuss the MSI.  The meeting will have a short presentation, a period for discussion, and the option to take the survey. These discussions and the survey will identify interests, concerns, and potential avenues for expanding shellfish resources and improving management. 

Martha's Vineyard, MA
Catharine Cornell Theater - May 5th from 3:00 - 4:30 pm

54 Spring Street, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

If you would like to get added to our contact list for future updates, would like to discuss the MSI, or have technical difficulties with the survey, click here to email Catie Tobin.

This survey has been reviewed and found exempt under UMass Boston IRB #2017066. Please contact the following Private Investigators for additional information regarding the study: Amanda Peters, School for the Environment; Sean McNally, School for the Environment.

Read more about the Mass Shellfish Initiative:

Cape Cod Chronicle Article

Cape Codder Article