The Fairhaven Department of Natural Resources, working with the Mass. Division of Marine Fisheries, seeded the waters off the Seaview Boat Ramp with quahogs taken from the Taunton River. The relay program takes quahogs from polluted waters and plants them in clean water where they will clean themselves out in a year or two, then the area will be open for harvesting.
This batch of 800 bushels was relayed over eight days, ending this week on Wednesday, and paid for with settlement funds from the Bouchard Oil Spill of 2003. It will be open to recreational diggers only, as the funds for commercial shellfish renewal have been used in other areas. Funds from the B120 Restoration Program seeded Jack’s Cove, near the marina last year. It was opened for harvesting this season.
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