The Outer Cape towns of Eastham and Truro both have news for those interested in or already involved in aquaculture.
In Eastham, selectmen have approved a waiting list for aquaculture grants in Nauset Marsh and Town Cove. There is a one-time fee of $25 to be added to the grant list.
Applications are available at the Eastham Department of Natural Resources at 555 Old Orchard Road.
Eastham's Aquaculture License Regulations are here.
In Truro, selectmen have issued a public hearing notice for Tuesday, April 8 at 5:05 p.m. at the Truro Town Hall, 24 Town Hall Road. Amendments to regulations for aquaculture licenses will be proposed at the April 8 hearing.
The amendments relate to the current regulations governing the leasing of sites in the 25-acre aquaculture development area at the Truro/Provincetown line. Amendments have been proposed in several areas of the regulations. The regulations with proposed changes in red are available for review at the Truro Town Hall and on the Truro website here. A map of the town's aquaculture locations is available here.
Local aquaculture and shellfish farming has become an important part of the "eat fresh, buy local" movement. Many local shellfish farmers sell their product along side Cape Cod produce farmers and other local food producers at the many town farmers markets around the Cape. According to a Woods Hole Sea Grant/Cape Cod Cooperative Extension report in 2012, in 2007, per census numbers, Massachusetts was the seventh largest grower of cultured shellfish in the nation with 230 shellfish farmers in the commonwealth and that number has only grown in the past several years.