State to Provide $ 300,000 in Emergency Grants to Washington Shellfish Growers

The Washington State Department of Commerce announced $ 300,000 is now available for grants to shellfish growers impacted by declining exports and restaurant sales due to COVID-19. Local and global market demand for Washington’s world-renowned shellfish has dropped dramatically since January, with some growers reporting revenue declines of 80-90 percent over last year.

FDA Finalizes First Food Safety Equivalence Determination – Resumption of Shellfish Trade with Spain and Netherlands

October 1, 2020 FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Commission (EC), have taken important steps to open the market for the sale of molluscan shellfish, including oysters, clams, mussels and scallops, from both the United States and the European Union to their consumers. Initially, certain firms in Washington and Massachusetts will have access to the EU market.

Shellfish Harvest Resumes on Atlantic Coast

July 28, 2020 Associated Press

New Hampshire has announced that the ban on harvest of shellfish due to a harmful algal bloom has been lifted along the Atlantic Coast.

NC Officials Move Forward With Shellfish Lease Rule Changes

State fisheries managers and coastal property managers are working on changes to rules for shellfish leases in public trust waters.

Massachusetts Expands Shellfish Closures in Tisbury Great Pond

November 20, 2019 Will Sennott, Vineyard Gazette

Two small sections of the Tisbury Great Pond have been closed to shellfishing following state testing that found increased levels of bacteria from fecal coliform.