Wellfleet SPAT Awards $23,000 in Relief Funding to Shellfishermen

WELLFLEET –Wellfleet SPAT, Shellfish Promotion and Tasting has awarded $23,000 in relief funding to shellfishermen in response to losses they suffered due to a closure of Wellfleet harbor this past fall.

Shellfishermen were out of work for 32 days after the state shut down local shellfish beds as a precautionary measure due to a norovirus outbreak.

SPAT and the community came together to start a Shellfishermen Relief Fund at this year’s OysterFest.

More than $8,000 was collected for the fund since the fest.

The SPAT board first voted to add $9,500 to the fund to make more substantial relief available.

SPAT increased its contribution to nearly $15,000 and the $23,000 was distributed among 23 shellfishermen to provide relief for essential expenses before the holidays.

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