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Find an approved shellfish seed hatchery

If you are an aquaculture permit holder and would like to buy shellfish seed, it must be from a hatchery or nursery approved by the Division of Marine Fisheries. You can find out more about the approved places below.

Under 322 CMR 15 shellfish hatcheries and nursery operations must be approved by the Division of Marine Fisheries prior to selling seed shellfish in the State of Massachusetts. Approved hatchery and nursery operations may only sell seed to persons holding a valid Division of Marine Fisheries Propagation (aquaculture) permit. This website contains an updated list of approved shellfish seed sources and a list of growers approved to purchase shellfish seed. For information on obtaining a shellfish propagation (aquaculture) permit or on becoming an approved source of seed shellfish contact: Chrissy Petitpas or Gabriel Lundgren

2020 approved sources for seed purchases

Aquacultural Research Corp. 
Approved for Oysters, Quahogs, and Surf Clams from Harwich upweller on April 21, 2020
Approved for Oysters, Quahogs, and Surf Clams from Dennis hatchery on April 21, 2020
Approved for Quahogs from Mayo Beach field nursery (for sale to growers within Wellfleet Harbor System only) on April 21, 2020
Approved for Oysters, Quahogs, and Surf Clams from Mill Pond, Chatham nursery on May 18, 2020
Approved for Oysters from Dennis upwellers on June 12, 2020

P.O. Box 2028
Chapin Beach Road
Dennis, MA 02638
Tel: (508) 385-3933
(Rick Sawyer)

rick@archatchery.com

Bay Farm, INC. 
Approved for Quahogs only on May 29, 2020
103 Cestone Court
West Creek, NJ 08092
Tel: (609) 432-3956
Cell: (609) 294-0235
(John Shriever)

Bill Avery's Quality Bay Clams LLC 
Approved for quahogs on April 14, 2020
741 E. Great Creek Rd.
Galloway, NJ 08205
Tel: (609) 226-6935
email: 
wavery57@ix.netcom.com
(Bill Avery)

Cape Cod Oyster Co. 
Approved for oysters from North Bay FLUPSY on June 27, 2020
262 Bridge St.
Osterville, Ma. 02655
Tel: (508) 737-9258
Dave Ryan
Al Suprenant

Chatham Shellfish Co. 
Approved for oysters on April 1, 2020
393 Barn Hill Rd
Chatham, MA 02633
Tel: (508) 241-7503
Email: 
steve@chathamshellfish.com
Website Order Form: http://www.chathamoysters.com/oyster-seed/
(Stephen Wright/John Richards)

Downeast Institute 
Approved for soft shell clams on April 1, 2020
P.O. Box 83
39 Wildflower Lane
Beals, ME. 04611-0083
Tel: (207) 497-5769
(George Protopopescu - Manager)

Fishers Island Oyster Farm 
Approved for oysters on April 1, 2020
P.O. Box 402
Fishers Island, NY 06390
Tel: (631) 788-7899
Email: 
fioyster@fishersisland.net
(Steve Malinowski)

Island Creek Shellfish Company 
Approved for oysters from Duxbury Hatchery Facility on April 9, 2020
Approved for quahogs from Duxbury Hatchery Facility on April 30, 2020
Approved for oysters from Sakonnet River, RI upwellers on May 18, 2020
Approved for oysters and surf clams from Duxbury upwellers on May 29, 2020
P.O. Box 2426
Duxbury, MA. 02331
Tel: (781) 934-2028
(Skip Bennett)

Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group 
Approved for quahogs on July 7, 2020
P.O. Box 1552
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
Tel: (508) 693-0391
(Rick Karney)

Mook Sea Farm 
Approved for oysters on June 23, 2020
321 State Route 129
Walpole, ME 04573
Tel: (207) 563-1456
(Bill Mook)

Muscongus Bay Aquaculture 
Approved for oysters on April 21, 2020

Approved for oysters from New Meadows River nursery on June 16, 2020
Approved for oysters from Bourne, MA nursery on June 26, 2020
Approved for quahogs from ME hatchery on June 26, 2020
Approved for bay scallops from ME hatchery on July ​6, 2020

Approved for quahogs from Bourne, MA MBA nursery on August 7, 2020

P.O. Box 158
Route 32
Bremen, Maine 04551
Tel: (207) 529-4100
Fax: (207) 529-4104
(Tonie Simmons)

Northeastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Center
Approved for Soft Shell Clam from upweller and Smith Pool Flupsy on June 12, 2020
Salem State College
Salem, MA 01970
Tel: (978) 542-6703
(Joe Buttner)

Pangea Shellfish Company 
Approved for Oysters from Duxbury Bay upweller on June 12, 2020
314 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
Tel: (609) 432-3956

Email: benl@pangeashellfish.com
(Ben Lloyd)

Additional Resources for

Previously approved sources for seed purchase

The following list contains seed sources that have been approved to sell seed shellfish in Massachusetts in prior years. Approval in prior years does not guarantee the source will be added to the current year’s approved source list. Before being added to the current year approved source list, all sources will be required to provide a current pathology report. This list is provided to be used as a guide when ordering seed. If you are considering ordering seed from a source that is not listed on the previously approved or the current year’s approved list, you should first contact the Division of Marine Fisheries Aquaculture Specialist.

Aquacultural Research Corp. (Surf Clams, Quahogs and Oysters)
P.O. Box 2028
Chapin Beach Road
Dennis, MA 02638
Tel: (508) 385-3933
(Rick Sawyer)

rick@archatchery.com

Atlantic Aquaculture Supply, LLC (Oysters Only)
100D Elm Street Box 5
Warren, RI 02885
Tel: (401) 247-1661
Toll Free #: (800) 442-8727
Fax: (401) 247-1116
Email: 
atlantic@atlanticaquaculture.com
(Pete Sebring)

Bay Farm, INC. (Quahogs only)
103 Cestone Court
West Creek, NJ 08092
Tel: (609) 432-3956
Cell: (609) 294-0235
(John Shriever)

Cape Cod Oyster Co. (Oysters only)
262 Bridge St.
Osterville, Ma. 02655
Tel: (508) 737-9258
Dave Ryan
Al Suprenant

Chatham Shellfish Co. (Oysters Only)
393 Barn Hill Rd
Chatham, MA 02633
Tel: (508) 241-7503
Email: 
steve@chathamshellfish.com
Website Order Form: http://www.chathamoysters.com/oyster-seed/
(Stephen Wright/John Richards)

Cape Shellfish Seed (Oysters and Quahogs)
1 Shipyard Ln. Bourne MA
Tel: (508) 274-8776
Contact: Rod Taylor

Clam Daddy's (Quahogs Only)
1204 E. Shore Dr.
Brigantine, NJ 08203
Tel: (609) 266-0677
Email: 
clamdaddys@comcast.net
Website: www.clamdaddys.com
(Lori Mayer)

Downeast Institute (Soft Shell Clams and Quahogs)
P.O. Box 83
39 Wildflower Lane
Beals, ME. 04611-0083
Tel: (207) 497-5769
(George Protopopescu - Manager)

East Beach Oysters
Approved on 8/14/19 for upweller oyster seed from Ninigret Pond, Wakefield, RI
Email: 
Eastbeachoysterco@gmail.com
(Nick Papa)

Ferrycliffe Farm (Oysters Only)
1 Old Ferry Rd.
Bristol, RI 02809
Tel: (401) 050-2581
Email: 
dleavitt@rwu.edu
(Dale Leavitt)

Fishers Island Oyster Farm (Oysters only)
P.O. Box 402
Fishers Island, NY 06390
Tel: (631) 788-7899
Email: 
fioyster@fishersisland.net
(Steve Malinowski)

Great Atlantic Shellfish Farm (Oysters Only)
333 Bay View Ave.
East Islip, NY 11730
Tel: (631) 224-1100
(Marty)

Island Creek Shellfish Company (Oysters, Surf Clams, Quahogs)
P.O. Box 2426
Duxbury, MA. 02331
Tel: (781) 934-2028
(Skip Bennett)

Marine Bioservices Co. (Quahogs Only)
General Delivery, High Island
South Bristol, ME 04568
Tel: (207) 644-8537
(John Sheldon)

Marshall Point Sea Farm, LLC (Surf Clams only)
P.O. Box 285
18 Lobster Pound Rd.
Port Clyde, ME 04855
Office Tel: (207) 372-8443
Office Fax: (207) 372-8443
Hatchery Tel: (207) 372-8215
e-mail: 
seafarm@gwi.net
(Mike Anderson, Hatchery Manager)

Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group (Oysters, Quahogs, Mussels)
P.O. Box 1552
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
Tel: (508) 693-0391
(Rick Karney)

Matunuck Oyster Co. (Oysters only)
629 Succotash Rd
South Kingston, RI 02879
Tel: (401) 783-4202
(Perry Raso)

Mook Sea Farm (Oysters Only)
321 State Route 129
Walpole, ME 04573
Tel: (207) 563-1456
(Bill Mook)

Muscongus Bay Aquaculture (Oysters, Quahogs, and Bay Scallops)
P.O. Box 158
Route 32
Bremen, Maine 04551
Tel: (207) 529-4100
Fax: (207) 529-4104
(Tonie Simmons)

Niantic Bay Shellfish Farm
Stonington, CT
Tel: (860) 739-6273
Email: 
timothy@nianticbayshellfishfarm.com
(Timothy A. Londregan III)​

Northeastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Center (Soft Shell Clams Only)
Salem State College
Salem, MA 01970
Tel: (978) 542-6703
(Joe Buttner)

Pemaquid Oyster Co. (Oysters Only)
P.O. Box 302
Waldoboro, ME 04572
Tel: (207) 832-6067 (office)
(207) 446-8923 (sales)
(Chris Davis)

Quality Bay Clams LLC (Quahogs Only)
741 E. Great Creek Rd.
Galloway, NJ 08205
Tel: (609) 226-6935
email: 
wavery57@ix.netcom.com
(Bill Avery)

Rip Tide Oysters (Oysters Only)
Tel: (508) 493-0462
email: 
riptideoysters@gmail.com
(Kerian Fennelly)

Salt Pond Oyster Co (Oysters Only)
221 Broad Hill Way
Wakefield, RI
(Dave Roebuck)

Smalls Marine Farm
1238 Main St. 
Brewster, Ma. 02631
508-360-2690
Email: 
orders@smallsmarinefarm.com

Ward Aquafarms, LLC 
51 N. Falmouth Hwy
N. Falmouth, MA
Tel: (603) 505-0865
Email: 
Danward33@gmail.com
(Dan Ward)

 

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