Shellfish Department

  1. Recreational Shellfish Licenses will NOT be issued until further notice

    Due to the concerns regarding exposure to COVID-19, the Selectmen's Office has stop issuing Recreational Shellfish Licenses until further notice. Any questions, please call Shellfish Constable Chuck Fisher at 508-958-5401.
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  • 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 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13

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

Oak Bluffs Harbor is open except where indicated on map below.

Oyster season is open from October 1 to April 30.

Scallop season is open until March 30, 2020.

Shellfish Permit Information:

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

Non-residential one-week, two-week and 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 and 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.