Shellfish Department

Purpose

  • 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:

  • Recreational permit holders - Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • Commercial permit holders - Monday, December 9, 2019

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

Accomplishments

  • 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.