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Posted on: May 9, 2018

Shellfish Advisory Committee

Town of Falmouth Seal

Shellfish Advisory Committee Charge

May 3, 2018

     The Shellfish Advisory Committee shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen in accordance with relevant provisions of the Falmouth Home Rule Charter and Town bylaws. The Committee shall consist of no less than five (5) members and no more than nine (9) members. The Board shall seek to maintain membership that balances four stakeholder groups and includes one or more individuals with a scientific background in shellfish biology or marine ecology:

  • Commercial Shellfish License Holders;
  • Recreational Shellfish License Holders;
  • Aquaculture Grant Holders;
  • Water Quality Management Committee Designee;

     The above representation is intended as a guideline and the Board of Selectmen may exercise its discretion in its individual appointment decisions. Members shall be appointed for staggered three-year terms.

     The Falmouth Shellfish Constable shall serve as the ex officio staff representative to the Committee.

     The mission of the Committee is to advise the Board of Selectmen with regard to management of the Town’s shellfish resources including regulations, propagation, and aquaculture planning. The Committee will be informed of Town of Falmouth shellfish activities by the Shellfish Constable and will serve as a resource to the Shellfish Constable in developing plans related to Shellfish activities. The Committee will disseminate information to stakeholders and the public and solicit public input on shellfish policy matters.

     The Committee may advise the Board of Selectmen on aquaculture license applications where feasible and consistent with compliance with the Conflict of Interest Law.

     The Committee shall support the mission of the Marine and Environmental Services Department to preserve, protect and enhance shellfish populations to sustain recreational and commercial shell fishing in a manner that is consistent with promoting the overall health of marine ecosystems. The Committee will also seek to support the mission of the Water Quality Management Committee to improve water quality in Town estuaries in a cost effective manner by increasing nitrogen uptake by shellfish.

    Applications are available on the Town website on in the Office of the Board of Selectmen, 59 Town Hall Square, Falmouth.  The deadline for applications is Friday, May 25, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. in Office of the Board of Selectmen.

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