Massachusetts Shellfish is...
Commercial Shellfish Harvesters
Marine Habitat Restoration Advocates
The General Public
Town & State Officials
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What is the Massachusetts Shellfish Initiative (MSI)?
Who is working on this Initiative?
The MSI will provide overarching guidelines, goals, and a strategic plan for the state to maximize the economic, environmental, and social benefits of Massachusetts’ shellfish resources, built with input from shellfish stakeholders across the state. MSI is not a regulatory body and cannot change regulations or policies.
How does this benefit me?
Shellfish are a valuable resource to the people of the Commonwealth, play a critical role in driving our economy, and support healthy coastal ecosystems. Interest in and development of all aspects of shellfish have been on the rise in recent years. A comprehensive statewide plan would support enhanced opportunities for all stakeholders and provide a thoughtful and responsible path for future growth.
The MSI Steering Committee and MSI Task Force are leading this effort in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, but the recommendations will be driven by input from the shellfish stakeholders: wild harvesters (commercial and recreational), aquaculturists, restoration community, town and state officials, tribes, and concerned public.
Has this been done elsewhere?
Washington, California, Oregon, Connecticut, Alaska and Rhode Island are among the states at varying stages of implementing shellfish initiatives.