Shellfish Propagation: Planning For The Future

On Tuesday October 15th staff members David Johnson and Ryan Burch field planted juvenile quahogs in the rock beds at Ellis Landing as part of the Department’s propagation program. This location gets heavily used twice a year during “Littleneck Week” and the department works hard to keep this popular shellfish activity sustainable. Part of the management plan is to limit the harvest days per year, the other is to field plant “seed” size quahogs to help replenish the area. Approximately 160K animals were planted this year and should be ready to harvest in two years.