Friends of Sengekontacket help fund bioremediation project

Friends of Sengekontacket president Kris Vrooman and vice president Ed O’Melia (left) presented a check for $10,018 to Rick Karney (center), Dave Grunden (right) and Paul Bagnall (rear). — Photo courtesy of FOS

The board of directors of The Friends of Sengekontacket announced that they have contributed $10,018 to the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group to help defray the costs of a bioremediation project in Sengekontacket Pond.

The request for funding came from Paul Bagnall, Edgartown Shellfish Constable, representing the Shellfish Group.

The project, which will begin this July and will last for one year, will increase the number of actively growing clams in the pond by 400,000, according to a press release. The clams filter the water in the pond, removing nitrogen, which the Massachusetts Estuaries Project has determined to be the greatest threat to the health of the pond. The clams will be left in the pond for an additional year before being relocated to harvest sites, and data will be collected to try to determine the amount of nitrogen removed from the pond.

The Friends of Sengekontacket was organized to preserve and protect the health of Sengekontacket Pond and the barrier beach.

For more information regarding the bioremediation project, contact shellfish group director Rick Karney at For information regarding The Friends of Sengekontacket go to