Mission: The Friends of Sengekontacket Inc is dedicated to the preservation of Sengekontacket Pond and the Barrier Beach.
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Oar & Paddle Regatta
Since 1991 the Martha’s Vineyard Oar and Paddle Association has sponsored an annual rowing regatta to benefit the Friends of Sengekontacket, Inc. This is held the last Saturday or Sunday in August. T-shirts are provided as part of a modest entry fee. Regatta organizers tailor race courses to weather conditions and type of craft, typically ranging from rowboats, canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards. The children’s course is within the Pond, while the long course for kayaks is typically off shore.
KAYAKS CANOES ROWBOATS SUP’s Join us for a 2-mile competition!
Registration 8:30–9:30am, the last Sunday in August. Little Bridge, Sengekontacket Pond, Oak Bluffs. Races start at 10am. Post-race picnic, entertainment, awards and T-shirt provided as part of $25 entry fee.
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A town shellfish permit is required for the catch or removal of any shellfish in both Edgartown and Oak Bluffs . Permits can be obtained at the town halls. Consult your permit for seasonal, size and quantity limitations.
Sengekontacket Pond has moderately good recreational and commercial shell fishing. Although a variety of shellfish can be found in the Pond, the most popular varieties are:
•Quahogs (Hard Shell Clams) Quahogs are found buried in the sand or mud 1 - 2 inches below the surface. They are usually harvested by rakes. Some of the common terms to describe sizes are:
◦“Littlenecks” up to 2 inches in length.
◦“Cherrystones” 2 to 3 inches in length
◦“Chowders” larger than 3 inches
•Steamers (Soft Shell Clams) Steamers live about 6 inches below the surface, usually in the intertidal zone. They are most commonly harvested by hand, rake or shovel. Commercial shell fishermen sometimes use an air pump.
•Oysters There are some oysters in the pond as a result of seeding. They rest on the bottom surface and are harvested by net or rake. Martha’s Vineyard has become a nationally recognized source of farm oysters.
•Bay Scallops may only be harvested between October 1 and March 31. A Bay Scallop must live through two summers to reach maturity before being harvested. Most scallops live in eelgrass beds. The Pond has been suffering from a lack of eelgrass and the scallop harvest has been poor in recent years.
•Blue Claw Crabs are found in creeks and ponds although they can be scarce at times due to natural cycles.
•Mussels Blue Mussels attach themselves to rocks or bridge pilings, while Ribbed Mussels are found along marshes and creeks. For eating, most people prefer the Blue Mussel which has a smooth, dark blue or black shell.
Sengekontacket is a place on Martha's Vineyard favored for kayaking, canoeing and windsurfing. Almost the entire Pond is navigable for shallow draft craft. Two well used access points are by the Little Bridge on Beach Road and by the Edgartown Town Landing on the Boulevard. Even though the Pond is relatively shallow, we advise everyone to wear an approved flotation device. There a number of interesting marshes to explore, and there is some seasonal fishing.