I co-own Chatham Shellfish Company in Chatham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where we have operated a four acre shellfish farm since 1976. My primary obligations involve daily oversight and husbandry of our oyster production—this can include anything from culling oysters by hand, operating sorting equipment, preparing product for sale and handling 2 mm seed oysters in our upweller. Additional responsibilities include marketing, safe harvesting compliance, distribution, maintaining our wholesale dealership, equipment research and development, and implementing new technologies and methods to better our operation.
Love of the sea, and a leaning toward a sustainable practice in the marine fisheries.
Being outdoors and the physicality of the demands, developing new equipment and producing fine oysters as a result.
Not much not to like unless you don’t like doing work.
I like to hunt and fish to relax, play ice hockey to vent, and I enjoy building things.
Start early and focus on a particular sector or discipline or two within the field and work your way up. There are an ever increasing number of opportunities in aquaculture throughout the country and the world—it could take you anywhere from Maine to Hawaii, Canada to Indonesia. Become involved in regulatory and policy making in any capacity, whether through trade associations or similar advocacy; familiarize yourself with the regulatory framework the field encompasses.
Increasing as a result of domestic and global seafood demand.
Raising oysters, possibly another species or two of shellfish on our lease site, and building up to the next level for our business.