Our business is named Ward Aquafarms, LLC, and is located in North Falmouth,
in an area known as Megansett Harbor. The site is a total of 10 acres,
spread over three leases which composes both growout and nursery areas.
We currently commercially grow Eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica),
bay scallops (Argopecten irradians), quahogs (Mercenaria mercenaria), and
sugar kelp (Laminaria saccharina). There is a mooring field lining the
southern edge of the lease site, and a channel entering Rand's Canal (freshwater
input) lines the western edge of the site. The eastern and northern edge
is open to the rest of Megansett Harbor, and opens to the west into Buzzard's
Bay. The benthic habitat within the confines of the 10 acre site is comprised
of essentially flat sand, with occasional seaweed and common slipper snails
(Crepidula) attached to small rocks throughout. The permitting process
for the farm was started in February of 2010, and the farm has been operational
since the summer of 2011.
Dan Ward (owner) received his M.S. from the University of New Hampshire
in zoology, focusing on offshore submerged deep-water aquaculture,
and he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Rhode Island in aquaculture
nutrition and immunology in 2013. He has researched micro and macroalgae
as well as multiple aspects of shellfish production while a research assistant
at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, and Dan has been
funded for several grants focusing on increasing the sustainability of
aquaculture farming operations in the Northeast.
While our main focus is on producing the best tasting oysters around,
we also put significant effort on researching new species to culture, designing
new culture methods, and expanding aquaculture production in New England.
We have been growing bay scallops since 2014, and our farm has the only
floating downweller scallop nursery system in operation.