Aquinnah will pay to clean up failed oyster farming operation

MV Times

by Steve Myrick - Sep 22, 2010

This week, Aquinnah town officials said they plan to take steps to clean up scores of plastic mesh bags used to raise oysters. The bags now litter the western shoreline of Menemsha Pond.

The bags, most of them derelict, make a final footnote to an ambitious project to raise oysters that began with the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) in 2002.

For years, rafts of tribe-owned black bags and a work barge floating in Menemsha Pond generated complaints from property owners unhappy that their view of the pond was interrupted, and especially unhappy with the litter generated when pieces of foam floats and bags broke free and washed up on the shore.