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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

2022 approved sources for seed purchases

Aquacultural Research Corp. 
Approved for Oysters and Quahogs from Harwich nursery on May 9, 2022
Approved for Oysters and Quahogs from Mill Pond nursery in Chatham on May 9, 2022
Approved for Oysters and Quahogs from Barnstable Harbor license site on May 9, 2022
Approved for Oysters and Quahogs from Dennis hatchery on May 2, 2022
P.O. Box 2028
Chapin Beach Road
Dennis, MA 02638
Tel: (508) 385-3933

Email: rick@archatchery.com
(Rick Sawyer)

Bay Farm, INC.
Approved for Quahogs from Little Egg Harbor, NJ on May 31, 2022
103 Cestone Court
West Creek, NJ 08092
Tel: (609) 432-3956
Cell: (609) 294-0235
(John Schriever)

Bill Avery's Quality Bay Clams LLC
Approved for Quahogs from Beach Thorofare raceways on September 1, 2022
Approved for Quahogs from Shelter Island Channel on June 9, 2022
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 May 31, 2022
262 Bridge St.
Osterville, Ma. 02655
Tel: (508) 737-9258
(Dave Ryan/Al Suprenant)

Chatham Shellfish Co.
Approved for oysters on April 25, 2022
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)

Clam Daddy's
Approved for Quahogs from Atlantic City raceways on July 29, 2022
1204 E. Shore Dr.
Brigantine, NJ 08203
Tel: (609) 266-0677
Email: 
clamdaddys@comcast.net
Website: www.clamdaddys.com
(Lori Mayer/Bill Mayer)

Downeast Institute
Approved for Softshell Clam from Beals, ME Hatchery Facility on September 22, 2022
P.O. Box 83
39 Wildflower Lane
Beals, ME 04611-0083
Tel: (207) 497-5769
(Kyle Pepperman - Manager)

Fishers Island Oyster Farm 
Approved for oysters on March 30, 2022
P.O. Box 402
Fishers Island, NY 06390
Tel: (631) 788-7899
Email: 
fioyster@fishersisland.net
(Steve Malinowski)

Husselton Head Oysters
Approved for bay scallops on October 14, 2022
P.O. Box 1410
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Tel: (508) 737-5717
Email: reelucky@gmail.com
(Jeffrey Canha)

Island Creek Shellfish Company
Approved for oysters from Duxbury hatchery on May 19, 2022

Approved for oysters from Sakonnet River, RI upwellers on May 19, 2022
Approved for oysters from Pirate Cove Marina, RI upwellers on May 19, 2022
P.O. Box 2426
Duxbury, MA. 02331
Tel: (781) 934-2028
(Skip Bennett)

Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group
Approved for bay scallops on May 19, 2022

Note: Due to limited supplies this source prioritizes growers in Dukes County
P.O. Box 1552
Oak Bluffs, MA. 02557
Tel: (508) 693-0391
(Emma Green-Beach)

Mook Sea Farm
Approved for Oysters from Walpole hatchery on May 2, 2022
321 State Route 129
Walpole, ME 04573
Tel: (207) 563-1456
(Bill Mook)

Muscongus Bay Aquaculture
Approved for oysters from Kingman Yacht Center on July 19, 2022
Approved for quahogs from Bremen, ME hatchery on June 24, 2022
Approved for oysters from New Meadows River on June 6, 2022
Approved for oysters
from Bremen hatchery on April 25, 2022

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

Pangea Shellfish Company/ Standish Shore Oyster Farm
Approved for oysters from Duxbury Bay Upweller on June 24, 2022
Note: This seed source is not servicing new growers
(Ben Lloyd)

Park City Seafood, LLC.
Approved for Oysters from Pequonnock River on September 1, 2022
1980 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615
Tel: (203) 362-8272
Email: 
seafreshllc@gmail.com

(Mike Julian)

Rip Tide Oysters
Approved for oysters on July 19, 2022
Tel: (508) 493-0462
email: 
riptideoysters@gmail.com
(Kerian Fennelly)

Running Tide Technologies
Approved for oysters from Harpswell hatchery on July 22, 2022
Approved for quahogs from Harpswell hatchery on July 22, 2022
Approved for surf clams (S. solidissima) from Harpswell hatchery on April 15, 2022
84 Mitchell Field Dr.
Harpswell, ME 04079
Tel: (207) 542-5961
Email: karl@runningtide.com
(Karl Eschholz)

 

Salt Pond Oyster Co.
Approved for oysters from Point Judith Pond, RI on October 4, 2022
221 Broad Hill Way
Wakefield, RI 02879
(Dave Roebuck)

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)

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

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)

Pangea Shellfish Company 
314 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
Tel: (609) 432-3956

Email: benl@pangeashellfish.com
(Ben Lloyd)

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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