Photos From A Wellfleet Oyster Farm Tour

When buying or consuming fish or shellfish many people ask “where is this from?” Origin means something (the customer may identify with a familiar location)…when it comes to Oysters, Wellfleet is a brand name location that appeals to buyers on and off Cape Cod. Thanks to SPAT(Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, Inc) one has the opportunity to tour an Oyster Farm in Wellfleet Harbor and learn about shellfish aquaculture in local waters from seed larvae to market ready at least 3″ in length. Lead by Alanna McGovern (a SPAT Naturalist) our group had a first hand view of the workings of an Oyster Farm located on the tidal flats off Indian Neck with the harbor in the background. Oyster Farms deeds vary in size from a half-acre to a few acres…the tidal areas are owned by the town and leased for aquaculture, many areas are passed on for generations…all farming has its rewards and challenges…Oyster farming has to have many environmental things go right in order for survival…water quality, temperature, abundant source of plankton food, are just a few necessities…the reward is the special taste of a Wellfleet Oyster in its brine…Enjoy!

For more info or to sign up for a tour please visit: info@wellfleetspat.org

Photos From A Wellfleet Oyster Farm Tour

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Thousands of Oysters grow in these tidal cages....as the tide comes in they will be underwater.

By Spencer Kennard

As a child, spending summers in North Truro, I thought Cape Cod began at the Wellfleet Drive-In and ended at Provincetown. As a photographer, I now know that all the Cape towns leading to the canal have their own unique beauty and charm.

Roughly 30 years ago, I had the good fortune to work with the legendary photographer Dick Kelsey and as owner of Kelsey-Kennard have specialized in aerial photography as well as landscape/scenic, portraits, weddings, and photographing events on the Cape, the Islands, and beyond.

Photographs from our Gallery in Chatham are displayed in homes and businesses locally and world-wide.

Besides photography I also enjoy boating/ fishing (fish are usually very safe when I’m out there,) gardening and tennis. Cape Cod is a very special place and I look forward to sharing my images with you as I travel about.



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