Shellfish Advisory Panel

This panel provides for enhanced communication between the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) and members of the shellfish fishing community on matters of concern within the industry. It includes a diverse mix of industry members, including harvesters, dealers, processors, aquaculturists, researchers, and municipal shellfish officials.

Who we serve

DMF created the Shellfish Advisory Panel in 2014 to identify problems and solutions in its management of shellfish resources for the betterment of the shellfish fishing community in Massachusetts.

The Panel may meet several times per year, as needed.

Upcoming meetings:

None scheduled

View past meeting documents

For more information on the Shellfish Advisory Panel, please contact Dan McKiernan at (617) 626-1536 or dan.mckiernan@state.ma.us.

The following is a list of Panel members:

Paul Bagnall is the Edgartown Shellfish Constable. He is also the Herring Warden and Marine Biologist. He has worked in the town’s Shellfish Department since 1984. Before that, he engaged in commercial shellfishing for eight years. He has served as the President of the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group’s Board of Director since 1990. He is the current president of the Massachusetts Shellfish Officer’s Association.

Ron Bergstrom is a Cape-based commercial shellfish fisherman.

Amy Anne Croteau is a Natural Resource Officer and Shellfish Constable for the Town of Barnstable. She got her start in Barnstable as a seasonal shellfish technician for the shellfish propagation program, growing oysters and quahogs. 

Rob Doane is the Chief Executive Officer of Aquaculture Research Corp., a Dennis-based shellfish hatchery that supplies seed shellfish to aquaculturists. 

William Doyle has been in the seafood industry since 1980 and has extensive experience in seafood processing and marketing. He is currently involved with shellfish aquaculture as a co-owner of Plymouth Rock Oyster Growers and as a wholesale dealer of shellfish. Bill is also a member of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission and serves as a liaison between the two groups. He holds a degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Organizational Management and Marketing.

Alex Hay has been part of the Outer Cape seafood industry for over 20 years in retail and wholesale. He is currently co-owner and operations director of Mac’s Seafood and the Wellfleet Shellfish Company. Alex also serves as a founding board member of Wellfleet Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, Inc. He is a subcommittee member of the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference.

Jonathan “JC” Johnsen is the Natural Resources Enforcement Officer/ Shellfish Constable for the Town of Nantucket. He was previously the Assistant Harbormaster for the town.

Stephen Kirk is The Nature Conservancy’s Massachusetts Coastal Program Manager with responsibilities for state and regional coastal conservation and restoration work. He coordinates and implements shellfish restoration projects. The goal is to increase shellfish populations for improved ecosystem function as well as economic and social benefit. Steve is a former oyster farmer in Buzzards Bay.

Scott LaPreste is the Shellfish Constable for the Town of Ipswich.

Anthony Murawski has been a commercial shellfish harvester on the North Shore since 1996. He has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Marine Biology from Roger Williams University. Anthony held a soft shell clam aquaculture permit in the past and currently holds an aquaculture permit to grow oysters.

Diane Murphy is the Fisheries & Aquaculture Specialist for Woods Hole Sea Grant and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Marine Programs. She also staffs the Southeastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Center. Diane works with Barnstable County’s shellfish constables, natural resource officers, and the state’s shellfish growers. Her programs include routine water quality and shellfish disease monitoring.

Allen Rencurrel has been a vessel owner and captain in the surf clam dredge fishery since 1992. His three fishing vessels fish both state and federal waters out of Hyannis. He has also dredged for ocean quahogs in Nantucket Sound. Allen operates a surf clam processing plant in New Bedford, Nantucket Sound Seafood, LLC., which caters to Cape Cod, Boston, and local areas.

Monte Rome is the owner of Intershell International Corporation. Intershell is a seafood processor and distributor for both shellfish and finfish. The company includes several commercial shellfish fishing vessels.

Chris Sherman serves as President of the Massachusetts Aquaculture Association. He is president of Island Creek Oysters, a Duxbury based shellfish hatchery, farm, and distributor. He also runs the company's non-profit arm, Island Creek Oysters Foundation, which funds projects that advance aquaculture as an environmentally positive and cost effective source of protein and jobs in impoverished communities worldwide.

Chris Southwood is the Shellfish Constable and a Natural Resource Officer in Dennis. He performs a variety of environmental, ecological, and law enforcement duties to protect the town’s shellfisheries and conservation properties. He coordinates Dennis’ Estuary Water Quality Sampling Program. Chris is a member of the Massachusetts Shellfish Officer Association and the Town of Bourne Shore and Harbor Committee.

Mike Trupiano is a general manager at the Ipswich Shellfish Company, a shellfish wholesale processor and dealer.

Robert Wallace has been a shellfish aquaculturist since 1982. He operates Billingsgate Shellfish, growing oysters and clams in Wellfleet. Bob got his start in the shellfish community as the Town of Wellfleet’s Shellfish Constable from 1979 to 1982. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Aquaculture Association, twice serving as the association’s president.

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