.. to the hatchery and farm ..
Scenes and Sounds
The Lunar Tide
Time to go to work
No one said it would be easy
From the Hatchery to the Back River Nursery
Sorting, bagging, un-bagging, lifting, hauling, dragging, getting dirty - enjoying every minute, wind, rain and shine. From the Hatchery to the Back River Nursery is where so much begins to come together, as millions of baby oysters (spat) grow big enough to move out to the Saquish and Hunts flats in Duxbury Bay.
Oysters are filter-feeders, feeding on phytoplankton and other nutrients from the ocean water. From the hatchery, adult female and male oysters are put into breeding trays where they spawn. Several hours later, the fertilized eggs hatch the larva. By the time they’re about 6 weeks old, they’re ready to leave the hatchery and moved to the upwellers. In a month-or-so, the baby oysters (spat) will be big enough to move from the upwellers to the Back River Nursery where they continue to grow. After about six weeks, they’ll be ready to be moved into the bay.
What is an upweller?
miscellaneous photos from the dock
Grading baby oysters: meet Bubba
A trip to the back river nursery
Breaking it all down for the fall and winter
This season’s first nor’ easter
It was relatively puny, and with most of the gear contained it couldn’t have come at a better time. Cleanup was minimal.
Saquish: 31 October, 2018
island creek’s 2018 fishing tournament
Chris Sherman, Sean Telo, Miche Wong
Skip, Ben Caliendo
Mark Boutlillier (won biggest fish), Colby Connell, Anna Priester
Bob Mills, Dave Schneller, Matt D’Amore (won smallest fish)
Tommy Reale (won quantity of catch - 18 stripers!), Jon Gomer, Joe Gauthier
No one caught Tautog or Sea Robin, so no awards given …
Mark and the winning striper. Instead of fishing all afternoon he, Anna, and Colby steamed down to Plymouth for an afternoon of bar-hopping. On their way back from getting hammered, Mark thought he’d drop his line in the water just so he could say he actually fished, and BOOM!!