Fishing and Shellfishing
- The permitting on dredging is tedious – is there way to fast-track certain spots?
- Granular sand in the harbor needs to be removed. It is smothering eelgrass beds.
- Incorporate dredging with improving shellfish beds. • How to create dredging plans that have multiple benefits for navigation AND fishing/shellfishing?
- Need dredging mid-harbor to create flow of water for navigation and health of eelgrass.
- Hither creek needs to be dredged – the water used to be above people’s heads.
Impacts of Water Quality
- State deems certain areas of the harbor closed to shellfishing due to perceived risk of poor water quality by default of a certain number of boats/moorings – even though the water is tested by the town and results show good water quality.
- Opening of the harbor shellfish beds are often closed due to water quality issues – there is a mooring field right there with heads on boats. • The town should look at the mooring grid and see if people are ok with shifting it around.
- Shellfish closures in Madaket Harbor.
- Water quality issues from fecal matter from birds – is there any way to mount an apparatus to keep the birds from landing near shellfish areas?
- Green lawn is a trend – big issue with fertilizer. • How to convince people that green lawns along the waterfront result in poor water quality and thus reduced shellfish habitat?
- Trying to find more acreage for more areas for aquaculture. • Space open in Polpis harbor for more aquaculture but it is a different type of bottom.
- If there is more interested, contact Tara, create a plan and then the state will conduct a formal survey of the area
- Shellfish regulations need to be reviewed before approving new shellfish proposals.
- Updating language for aquaculture.
- Focus on adding shellfish areas that are accessible by shore rather than solely by boat.
- We don’t want family shellfishing areas to be forgotten as we look out for commercial shellfishing.
- Need for a commercial dock where people can load/unload gear/catch.
- Can the town use already-in-place infrastructure (from old property, etc.)? • E.g., old concrete boat launch at children’s beach that is currently not in use.
- What can we do to keep shellfish culture and history alive? • Encourage people to shellfish - locals, seasonal visitors.
- Are there data/information on annual quahog, little neck, and cherrystone population?
- Each year the bay scallop harvest can be projected – but yearly quahog surveys have not been conducted since 2017.
- Bay scallop fishery access – eelgrass beds are receding and are present in deeper and deeper water which makes it inaccessible to a lot of people.
- Extend the season for softshell clams and quahogs into summertime (so summer visitors, etc. can experience shellfishing) – currently closed June-August.
- Some individuals want to know where to look for clams and mussels – it is hard to find that information and it is not always public knowledge. • Town of Nantucket has data for species where surveying in done on the Natural Resources department website.
- The commercial scallop industry is aging out – how do you get younger generations to enter the field?
- Implement a school-to-work program or marine vocation program. • E.g., if someone is interested in high school, the program could provide them with an opportunity to gain experience.
- Expensive to enter scallop fishing and there are 40+ days of training required – cut the training days in half.
- Where can a recreational fishermen catch finfish besides from Brant Point? • Polpis
- Monomoy shore
- The mouth of the creeks on the outgoing tide
- All the inside of the harbor has good fishing
- Squidding has been banned from a lot of town docks because of ink. • Is there a way to designate an area for squidding?