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.
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
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.