Shellfish Department

Shellfish Permit Information:

Residential recreational permits available only through the Selectmen office.

If you have questions regarding a shellfish permit application, please call Carrie Blair at 508-693-3554 x115.

Non-residential one-week, two-week and one-month recreational shellfish permits are available from May to September at Dick’s Bait & Tackle, 108 New York Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557, phone 508-693-7669


  • Enforces laws and regulations relating to shellfish
  • Culture shellfish and administer town shellfish beds
  • Provide coordination of Town shellfish conservation activities
  • Research, propose and obtain grant funding for shellfish related projects
  • Public education and safety
  • Oversees private aquaculture
  • Leases and herring regulations

Areas open for shellfishing:

  • Lagoon Pond
  • Outside waters
  • Sengekontacket Pond - Sections 1 through 13 (see map below)

If the red flag is flying at either of the bridges to Sengekontacket Pond, it means the pond is closed for shellfishing.

Scallop Season:

Sengekontacket Pond & Outside Waters

Recreational Permit  - Saturday, October 17, 2020

Commercial Permit - Monday, October 26, 2020

Outside water catches must check in at the Island Queen dock

Lagoon Pond

Recreational Permit - Saturday, November 14, 2020

Commercial Permit - Monday, November 16, 2020

Oyster season is now open in Sengekontacket Pond.

Oak Bluffs Harbor opening dates:

Recreational Permit - Saturday, December 12, 2020 with a limit of 1/2 bushel of soft an/or hard shell clams

Commercial Permit - Monday, December 14, 2020 with a limit of one (1) bushel of littlenecks, one (1) bushel of cherrystones and two (2) bushels of chowders

Goals & Objectives

  • Shellfish Constable-Continue work on Farm Pond and Salt Marsh Restoration
  • Shellfish Constable-Cultivate 4 species of shellfish (approximately 7.15 million seed) and address nitrogen loading is salt ponds


  • Instituted private-public partnership to obtain interns to perform water quality and
    phytoplankton monitoring program.
  • Continued work on living shore line/salt marsh and Farm Pond Restoration Project.