Oysters can help clean ponds


To the Editor:
I went to the recent meeting regarding wastewater in Oak Bluffs. My main takeaway was that the two main nitrogen problem areas are the back of the Lagoon and Major’s Cove in Sengekontacket. The simplest, cheapest, quickest, and easiest solution would be to put oyster/kelp farms there. Let Cottage City Oyster have first choice, since they currently have a farm off Eastville. After, we could have new farms given out like youth lots for Island locals. Oyster/kelp farms today will make our future wastewaters decisions better.


Erik Albert
Oak Bluffs


  1. As long as boats can navigate around the oyster farms fairly easily, I think it’s a great idea. The surface gear involved might be an eyesore for some residents, but the water in front of their houses would be cleaner, and I’m sure they would rather look at some oyster gear than slimy, green algae blooms. Too bad that the surface gear can’t look like a line of little boats tied together (who knows). Also, underneath the gear at the bottom, the farms would create a safe zone from draggers and bull rakers for scallop and quahog seed and other aquatic breeds to thrive, which in turn would accelerate the healing process. Of course, maybe there are other reasons that Erik’s idea won’t work, but all I can think of right now are reasons that it would. Until everyone’s septic systems are running efficiently, this idea can only help the nitrogen bloom problem. By the way, the book,”The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell” written by Mark Kurlansky is excellent. The idea that oysters clean water is a REAL fact.

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