For Immediate Release - March 27, 2014

Public Meetings Scheduled: Vibrio parahaemolyticus Control Plan for Oysters

Three public meetings have been scheduled to announce the 2014 Massachusetts Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp) Control Plan for Oysters.  The plan will include faster cooling and delivery of oysters, changes in oyster handling for harvesters, harvester icing within two hours of exposure/harvest and before leaving landing site, and additional Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) record keeping requirements for primary buyers of oysters harvested within the Commonwealth for commercial purposes. All commercial harvest of oysters anywhere in Massachusetts will be affected during the period May 19 through October 19, 2014. Implementing these controls for the upcoming summer season will require new Division of Marine Fisheries regulations.

The plan is the result of recommendations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that Massachusetts develop a plan to control post-harvest growth of Vp bacteria in oysters during warm weather to prevent Vp related illnesses. The plan was developed by the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, Division of Marine Fisheries and the Department of Public Health, Bureau of Environmental Health, Food Protection Program in order to comply with the requirements of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program.

Public Meeting Schedule

Friday, April 4, 2014 at the Duxbury Maritime School, 457 Washington St,
Duxbury, Massachusetts 02332, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Friday, April 4, 2014 at Nauset Regional High School Auditorium, 100 Cable Rd,
Eastham, Massachusetts 02642. 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM.

Monday, April 7, 2014 at Katharine Cornell Theatre, 54 Spring Street,
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 at 11:00 – 12:30 PM.


Note: we realize these meetings may conflict with tides optimal for oyster harvesting.
We apologize for any inconvenience.


For further information regarding these meetings please contact Jared Silva (617-626-1534; jared.silva@state.ma.us)