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 WCAI's Sarah Tan interviews A.R.C. President and CEO, Rob Doane.

WCAI's Sarah Tan interviews A.R.C. President and CEO, Rob Doane.

NPR VISITS A.R.C. TO LEARN ABOUT TOWNS USING OYSTERS TO CLEAN WATERWAYs.

Some town waterways on the Cape will soon be getting an influx of oysters.  It’s an intervention that town managers hope will have multiple benefits for the water quality, the ecosystem, and for local shellfishermen. Last week, over at an oyster hatchery called the Aquacultural Research Corporation in Dennis, workers were busy tossing bags filled with old clamshells into a cement tub the size of a pool.

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 Massachusetts Lt. Governor, Karyn Polito, tours the A.R.C. hatchery.

Massachusetts Lt. Governor, Karyn Polito, tours the A.R.C. hatchery.

MASSACHUSETTS LT. GOVERNOR POLITO TRAVELS TO A.R.C. TO LEARN ABOUT AQUACULTURE

On Friday, June 29th, Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, toured A.R.C. and spoke with CEO Rob Doane and other staff about the shellfishing industry in general, and A.R.C. specifically.

The Lt. Governor and her staff learned about algae growth, the hatchery, the nursery and the remote set project currently underway. Each of them also placed oyster larvae into the tanks to start the spat on shell process.

 A.R.C.'s new shellfish nursery on the Herring River in Harwich, MA.

A.R.C.'s new shellfish nursery on the Herring River in Harwich, MA.

Shellfish Nursery Is Fattening The Clams In Herring River

With legal and regulatory issues related to the reconstruction of the former Lucas fishhouse at the edge of the Herring river settled, Aquacultural Research Corporation of Dennis is now using the building to nurture seed quahogs in an effort to meet the increasing demand for shellfish by aquaculturalists.

“The quahogs are happy and healthy,” Rob Doane, president and CEO of ARC, said of the more than three million seed quahogs feeding on river nutrients.

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THE ARC: Seeding Aquaculture on the Cape

Go into any restaurant on Cape Cod and find shellfish prominently featured on the menu. Head into every souvenir shop and oysters and clams will adorn t-shirts, post-cards and jewelry. Thousands of people swarm the streets of Wellfleet for a nationally recognized festival to celebrate the oyster.

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Purchase of hatchery will help secure future of Cape shellfishing

An estimated 200 local jobs related to shellfishing are more secure following the Aug. 14 purchase of Aquaculture Research Corp. in Dennis by a group of investors, said Rob Doane of Wellfleet, the new CEO of the company. The transfer of the shellfish hatchery and 39 acres of land on Cape Cod Bay — now protected by conservation restrictions — cost $6 million in all and was pulled off in less than a year by an unusual public-private partnership.

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Longtime Dennis hatchery under new ownership

A shellfish hatchery that has operated at the mouth of Chase Garden Creek for more than 50 years changed ownership Monday, and by Tuesday work was already well underway to empty old equipment out of the ramshackle hatchery building so it can be replaced in coming months with a new facility.

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