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Goodbye Nantucket Scallop Fishery?


Nantucket's commercial bay scallop fishery is the only sustainable one left on the East Coast.  The Cape sometimes gets some, and the Vineyard is working hard at bringing them back with some success, but Madaket Harbor and the town harbor are really the only ones that support a commercial fishery of any size and regularity -- and even they might be just a memory soon. 

Some experts estimate that this fishery might be gone in a decade, if we keep losing eelgrass due to water quality issues in the harbor.  The documentary The Last Bay Scallop focuses not only on the reasons behind this prediction, but what would be lost economically and in island culture if the fishery disappeared.

Mindy Todd speaks with the film's writer and director John Stanton.

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI.