OceanExpert ID : 7249
Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, New Bedford Offices
1213 Purchase St.
New Bedford, Massachusetts MA 02740
Shellfish Sanitation and Management Program: Distributes aquaculture and shellfish propagation permits. Oversees surf clam and ocean quahog management. Collects shellfish samples for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) testing. Conducts microbiological investigations in support of the classification of shellfish growing areas. Provides technical assistance to municipalities concerning shellfisheries management issues. Responds to coastal pollution events and co-reviews coastal alteration projects that may negatively impact shellfish resources. Environmental Impact Assessment Program: Fisheries biologists provide comments and assessments of the environmental impact of various construction projects in the marine and estuarine environment. Review project proposals that include dock, pier, pipeline, and waterfront construction and power and sewerage plant discharges.