For Immediate Release - December 20, 2013

Public Meetings Scheduled: Vibrio parahaemolyticus

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) extend an invitation to participate in listening sessions on Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp) Management Program for 2014 and its potential impact on the Massachusetts oyster industry.

2013 was the first year harvest areas in Massachusetts were closed due to a Vp outbreak. The outbreak and subsequent closures had significant health and economic impacts. To enhance stakeholder engagement in developing the 2014 Vp Management Program, DPH and DMF will hold listening sessions in January 2014 to gather information to better inform regulatory policy. Input from these listening sessions will be considered in development of the Vp Control Plan for 2014.  

Following these listening sessions, DPH and DMF will convene educational forums in winter 2014 regarding Vp management and industry best practices. Later in spring 2014, DPH and DMF will release an enhanced Vp Control Plan for 2014 and again convene forums with industry stakeholders to review and discuss the management protocol.

We thank you in advance for your continued participation and partnership. Please join us for these important public meetings.

Public Meetings Schedule

South Shore
Friday, January 10, 2014 – 3:00 PM
Hampton Inn and Suites
10 Plaza Way, Plymouth, MA 

Martha’s Vineyard
Monday, January 13, 2014 – 9:30 AM
Katharine Cornell Theater
54 Spring Street, Tisbury, MA

Cape Cod
Monday, January 13, 2014 – 4:00 PM
Nauset Regional High School Auditorium
100 Cable Rd., North Eastham, MA