2 sick; oyster farmers back in business

Katama Bay oyster beds in Massachusetts have been reopened a month after closing because of links to at least two Vibrio illnesses.

Katama oysters should be back in the restaurants by Columbus Day. “I’m really happy for all the farmers and I’m certainly SUN0705N-Oyster7relieved,” said Jack Blake, owner of Sweet Neck Farm, in a telephone call with the Times Friday evening, as his wife Susan cheered in the background.

“We haven’t stopped working; I’ve watched the sun rise every day. We’ve been getting our market size oysters ready to go. We have to empty some cages because we need the room, the seed is growing fast.” Mr. Blake said the Offshore Ale Company and The Lookout Tavern could be serving his oysters as early as tomorrow. “