View from the Quarterdeck – February 2018

Shellfishing at Bay Street Osterville

 Oyster Season remains very rewarding for those who are willing to brave the elements. The ice from the severe cold weather and storms has cleared and all shellfishing locations are “Open for Business.” Reports from Bay Street and Scudder’s Lane are that oysters and quahogs are abundant. Bay Street has proven to me to be an excellent provider.

From Liz Lewis at Barnstable Department of Natural Resources:

It’s that time of year again! Shellfish licenses expire March 1st! Licenses will go on sale February 14th! What a lovely gift for your valentine!! The book is red, the license sticker is red…sounds perfect to me.
For those volunteers that have a very special number near and dear to their heart, now is the time to tell us if you would like to keep your number. Otherwise, it will be up for grabs. We do try to hold onto the first hundred for as long as we can, but it does make the bookkeeping a little messy. SO please, if you would like to keep your number, send me an email and I will add it to the list so you can reserve it (You don’t have to pick it up right away if you’re away, but do let me know when anticipate being able to pick it up)
Thanks everyone and happy groundhog day!
Liz Lewis
Shellfish Technician
Town of Barnstable, Marine and Environmental Affairs

1189 Phinney’s Lane, Centerville, MA 02632
(508) 790-6272

At our upcoming February 6th meeting Cape Light Compact will be our featured speaker. For more details visit the event page for this meeting.

See you on the flats!
Bill Shumway, BARS President

Bill Shumway taking a chowder break at Marstons Mills Village Day

Photo of shellfishing at Bay Street Osterville by Bill Shumway