2014 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)
Open (open every day from October 27, 2013 through April 30, 2014, 30 minutes after sunset)
Open (November 1, 2013 until April 30, 2014)
Closed (September 1, 2013 until March 14, 2014)
Recreational shellfishing is permitted with valid shellfish license.
You must have your 2014 shellfish license with you.
Wellfleet Shellfish Permit Fees
Annual Resident* $50.00
Seasonal Resident* $30.00
Annual Senior Resident (age 65+)* $10.00
Annual Non Resident $200.00
Seasonal Non Resident $75.00
Junior Commercial (ages 14-16) $100.00
Senior Commercial (age 65+) $50.00
Commercial Eel $3.00
Replacement fee for all licenses: $10.00
Annual Shellfish Permit Dates: Jan 1-Dec 31
Seasonal Shellfish Permit Dates: June 1-Sept 30
*Wellfleet residents must provide proof of residency at time of purchase
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.