The goal of the Nantucket Shellfish Association is to support initiatives and research related to preserving and protecting Nantucket's harbors, water quality, and shellfish resources.

About Nantucket Shellfish Association

In 2003, a group of concerned islanders established the Nantucket Shellfish Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with the aim of protecting and promoting the Nantucket shell fishing industry.  The Nantucket Shellfish Association encourages research and education for the conservation and enhancement of shellfish populations in the waters of  Nantucket Island; and  it works to assure prudent commercial and recreational harvesting of shellfish in support of a diversified economic base for the Nantucket community.


About Nantucket Bay Scallops

Bay scallops were not always considered a delicacy.  In fact, in the early 1800s, they were used as bait for cod-fishing.  It wasn’t until later in the 19th century that they became popular, and islanders quickly realized Nantucket was surrounded by a valuable commodity, literally waiting each season to be scooped off the bottom, shipped to the mainland and sold at a premium.

 The bay scallop has been an icon across history



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