- 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
- 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.