July 2, 2016. Weathering the storm: a message from our director.

"While last night's thunder storm was an awesome natural fireworks show with much needed rain, not all of its clouds carried silver linings. I got a call at 1:30 am that the electrical power was out at the Hughes Hatchery, I got another call about 4:30 this morning that it was still out The seed quahogs and oysters can handle several hours without a fresh seawater flow and aeration but eventually they use up the oxygen in the water and will expire. I headed in and found three very frustrated electrical linemen at the end of the road dealing with a sparking transformer. They had been trying to fix the problem since 1:30. Luckily we are between cultures and most of the seed quahogs and oysters have been distributed or transferred to the nursery on Chappaquiddick, I pulled remaining silos out of the water and kept them damp and cool. The power eventually was fixed. The linemen told me 2 transformers blew due to an antiquated series of step down transformers and one with the wrong size fuse. Unfortunately the seawater pump lost its prime during such a long shut down. My dedicated staff are taking the next shift and will hopefully get the seawater running again." We did, pump is on and all is well....another crisis averted....