Most aquaculture in Massachusetts is for shellfish. As the shellfish aquaculture industry in Massachusetts grows, the species in production and harvest quantities change. The official statistics of shellfish production are kept by the MA Division of Marine Fisheries and are presented within their Annual Report. (See page 47)
Barnstable County (Cape Cod)
According to the most recent data available (2016), 249 shellfish farms are located in Barnstable County located over 629 acres. Over 19.3 million oysters were landed with a value of $10.9 million dollars. Over 5.3 million quahogs (hard clams) were landed with a value of approximately $1.2 million dollars.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
According to the most recent data available (2016), a total of 360 aquaculture growers cultivate 1,259 acres of area in Massachusetts. In 2016 the value of the oyster industry was $21.7 million dollars and quahogs (hard clams) $1.36 million. People also grow soft shell clams, blue mussels, and bay scallops which in total were worth $111,582 dollars.
Aquaculture is the 5th highest valued agriculture product in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts according to the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture.