The ocean affects your life no matter where you live, from the air we breathe, to food on the table.
The shellfish harvested in Massachusetts have a $27.1 million landed value or price paid to the shellfishermen. The function of the Massachusetts Shellfish Officers Association (MSOA) and its local representatives is to protect and enhance the commonwealths living marine resources.
The MSOA provides a forum for coastal Municipalities' shellfish officers and interested professionals to exchange information about shellfish management, research and the latest advancements in technology and laboratory science regarding the marine environment, aquaculture, water quality and law enforcement issues. We provide insight and develop solutions to the problems within the shellfish industry. The association meets quarterly, providing updates from Federal, State, and local officers on important topics, inviting guest lecturers with demonstrations and discussions on relevant topics.