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 - ALL Sections except a portion of Section 10 (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.

Shellfish Permit Information:

Residential recreational permits available only through the Selectmen office

https://www.oakbluffsma.gov/352/Shellfish-permits

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

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.