2013 Shellfish permits are now available for sale
Current status of shellfishing areas:
Open (every day until June 1, 2014, then Wednesdays and Sundays until September 30, 2014)
Closed (will re-open every day from October 27, 2013 through April 30, 2014, 30 minutes after sunset)
Closed (September 1, 2013 until March 15, 2014)
Recreational shellfishing is permitted with valid shellfish license. You must have your 2013 shellfish license with you.
The Wellfleet Shellfish Department is responsible for managing shellfish resources, promoting shellfish propagation, monitoring water quality, and conserving Wellfleet's marine & estuarine resources. Wellfleet Harbor is a federal No-Discharge Area, and has been designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern.
In Massachusetts, coastal municipalities manage shellfish resources within a three mile limit from shore. In Wellfleet, the most common shellfish are oysters (Crassostrea virginica), quahaugs or hard clams (Mercenaria mercenaria), soft shell clams (Mya arenaria) and bay scallops (Argopecten irradians).
This site is provided to encourage responsible, legal use of the Town's shellfish resources, answer questions you might have about shellfishing and shellfish in general, and promote interaction among members of the shellfishing community.