Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe shellfish farm could boost jobs and economy

MASHPEE – As the tide rose from Gooseberry Island to Punkhorn Point in Popponesset Bay, David Pocknett Jr. and other members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Department of Natural Resources pulled heavy homemade anchors across the sand.

The moors, which were tied to buoys, were loaded into a nearby Boston Whaler and will be used to mark navigational coordinates for the tribe’s First Light Shellfish Farm, where an estimated 800,000 hatchery baby quahogs were stocked on Wednesday afternoon, said Pocknett, the farm’s assistant manager and member of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.

“We’re going to go as far as you can see to drop those buoys and re-mark the parts of our farm,” he said. “Most of our cultivation will be done directly in Popponesset Bay, so we can eventually harvest quahogs and oysters for our tribe.”

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