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Find an approved shellfish seed hatchery

If you are a 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:  Chris Schillaci

2019 approved sources for seed purchases

Aquacultural Research Corp. 
Approved on 4/6/19 for hatchery quahog seed from Dennis
Approved on 4/6/19 for hatchery oyster seed from Dennis
Approved on 4/26/19 for hatchery surf clam seed from Dennis
Approved on 5/15/19 for upweller surf clam, quahog, and oyster seed from Harwich
Approved on 5/15/19 for upweller surf clam, quahog, and oyster seed from Chatham
Approved on 5/15/19 for overwintered field plant surf clam, quahog, and oyster seed from Barnstable Harbor
P.O. Box 2028
Chapin Beach Road
Dennis, MA 02638
Tel: (508) 385-3933
(Rob Doane)

Bay Farm, INC.
Approved on 6/21/2019 for nursery quahogs from Dry Bay, NJ
103 Cestone Court
West Creek, NJ 08092
Tel: (609) 432-3956
Cell: (609) 294-0235
(John Shriever)

Cape Cod Oyster Co.
Approved on 6/12/2019 for upweller oysters  from West Bay
262 Bridge St.
Osterville, Ma. 02655
Tel: (508) 737-9258
(Dave Ryan, Al Suprenant)

Cape Shellfish Seed 
Approved on 7/9/19 for upweller quahogs from Red Brook Harbor

Approved on 7/28/19 for upweller oysters from Red Brook Harbor
Approved on 8/7/19 for upweller bay scallops from Red Brook Harbor
1 Shipyard Ln. Bourne MA
Tel: (508) 274-8776
(Rod Taylor)

Chatham Shellfish Co. 
Approved on 3/31/19 for 2018 overwintered oysters

Approved on 6/28/2019 for upweller oyster seed from Chatham
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)​

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

Fishers Island Oyster Farm 
Approved on 2/27/19 for 2018 overwintered oyster seed
P.O. Box 402
Fishers Island, NY 06390
Tel: (631) 788-7899
Email: fioyster@fishersisland.net
(Steve Malinowski)​

Island Creek Shellfish Company
Approved on 5/21/2019 for upweller oysters from the Seekonk River, RI
Approved on 6/12/2019 for hatchery quahogs from Duxbury Bay

Approved on 6/21/2019 for hatchery scallops from Duxbury Bay
P.O. Box 2426 Duxbury, MA. 02331
Tel: (781) 934-2028
(Skip Bennett)

Mook Sea Farm
Approved on 5/8/2019 for hatchery oyster seed
321 State Route 129
Walpole, ME 04573
Tel: (207) 563-1456
(Bill Mook)

Muscongus Bay Aquaculture
Approved on 4/10/19 for hatchery oyster seed from Bremen, ME
Approved on 6/11/19 for hatchery quahog seed from Bremen, ME
Approved on 6/11/19 for upweller oyster seed from New Meadows River
P.O. Box 158
Route 32
Bremen, Maine 04551
Tel: (207) 529-4100
Fax: (207) 529-4104
(Tonie Simmons)

Niantic Bay Shellfish Farm
Approved on 8/14/19 for upweller oyster seed from Wilcox Harbor Stonington, CT
Tel: (
860) 739-6273
Email: timothy@nianticbayshellfishfarm.com
(Timothy A. Londregan III)​

Northeastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Center 
Approved on 5/21/2019 for upweller soft shell clams from Clarks Cove

Salem State College
Salem, MA 01970
Tel: (978) 542-6703
(Joe Buttner)

Quality Bay Clams LLC
Approved on 6/19 for nursery quahogs from Absecon Bay and Shelter Island Channel, NJ
741 E. Great Creek Rd.
Galloway, NJ 08205
Tel: (609) 226-6935
Email: 
wavery57@ix.netcom.com
(Bill Avery)

Rip Tide Oysters
Approved on 8/27/19 for 2019 nursery oyster seed from East Branch Westport River
Tel: (508) 493-0462
email: riptideoysters@gmail.com
(Kerian Fennelly)

Smalls Marine Farm
Approved on 4/30/2019 for upweller oyster seed from Harwich
1238 Main St. 
Brewster, Ma. 02631
508-360-2690
Email: orders@smallsmarinefarm.com

Ward Aquafarms, LLC 
Approved on 5/21/19 for 2018 overwintered oyster seed

Approved on 6/12/2019 for upweller seed from Fiddlers Cove Falmouth
51 N. Falmouth Hwy
N. Falmouth, MA
Tel: (603) 505-0865
Email: Danward33@gmail.com
(Dan Ward)

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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
(Rob Doane)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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