Shellfish Department


  • 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, 4, 5, 8, 9 & 10
  • Oak Bluffs Harbor until April 30, 2019
  • Farm Pond until April 30, 2019

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

Oyster season is from October 1st to April 30th in Sengekontacket Pond

Scallop season closes on March 31, 2019

Residential recreational permits available only in the Selectmen office at the Oak Bluffs Town Hall

Non-residential one-week, two-week & one-month recreational shellfish permits are available from May to September at the following locations:

Oak Bluffs Town Hall, 56 School Street

Dick's Bait & Tackle, 108 New York Avenue

Keep It Reel, 1 East Chop Drive

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.