Cape Cod offers plenty of rich shellfish beds for vacation fun
Sticker Office at the Department of Public Works, 555 Old Orchard Road Eastham, MA Phone: 508-240-5972
Permits: A class 1 recreational shellfishing permit is for residents of Eastham or Orleans and people who own real estate within Eastham. A class 2 permit is for residents of Eastham or Orleans over age 64. A class 4 permit is for people who do not own or rent lodging in Eastham or Orleans. A class 6 permit is for a period of a week, regardless of the person’s place of residence. Recreational permits are effective June 1 to May 31.
Fees: Class 1 (taxpayer), $25; Class 2 (senior taxpayer over age 65), $12; Class 4 (non-resident), $75; Class 6 (for one week) $20.
Locations: Most of the Town’s shellfishing areas are open seven days a week, from sunrise to sunset. The exceptions are Salt Pond (open on Sundays only )and several tidal creeks: Rock Harbor Creek, Boat Meadow Creek, Bee’s River (First Encounter Marsh), Hatches Creek, Abelino’s Creek.
Mail-in form for permits.
Wellfleet Town Hall, 300 Main Street Wellfleet, MA, 02667 Phone: 508-349-0300
Fees: Annual fees are resident, $50; senior resident, $10; non-resident, $200. Seasonal fees are resident, $30; non-resident, $75. To purchase a permit by mail write to Wellfleet Town Hall, attn. Shellfish Permits, 300 Main Street, Wellfleet. Send check or money order and a self addressed stamped envelope.
Fishing Locations: In Wellfleet, Indian Neck is the only area open to recreational shellfishing from June 1 to September 30. Recreational shellfishing is allowed only on Wednesdays and Sundays. The Indian Neck area extends from the breakwater to the jetty just south of the Burton Baker Landing. Indian Neck has much to offer for any level of experience in shellfishing. The area is regularly stocked with quahogs and it supports small populations of soft shell clams and oysters.
Barnstable Division of Natural Resources, 1189 Phinney’s Lane Centerville, MA, 02632 Phone: 508-790-6272
The Town of Barnstable includes eight villages; these town regulations apply within these villages: Osterville, Centerville, Marstons Mills, Cotuit, Hyannis, West Hyannisport, Barnstable Village, and West Barnstable
Fees: Resident Family, $30; senior citizen Family, $20; annual non-resident family, $120; seasonal non-resident family, $60
Mashpee Town Hall, 16 Great Neck Road North Mashpee, MA Phone: 508-539-1439
Fees Family, $25; seniors, $6; non-resident, $80
Hours: Non-commercial shellfishing is allowed every day between sunrise and sunset.
Shellfishing Locations: Shellfishing is allowed up to the high tide shoreline, except in areas closed because of contamination or otherwise restricted by the Mashpee Shellfish Regulations. Areas reserved for non-commercial (family) shellfishing are in Waquoit Bay, Great River, Hamblin Pond and Popponesset Bay. Refer to the shellfishing maps for closed or restricted areas.
Harvest of quahogs, soft-shell clams, scallops (in season), mussels and razor clams is allowed as specified in the regulations. The taking of oysters is prohibited until further notice. Catch limits are established for each harvestable species and can be found in the regulations. Shellfishing maps
Falmouth Town Hall, 59 Town Hall Square Falmouth, MA Phone: 508-457-2536
Fees: Permits cost $80 for non-residents (cash or money order only); $25 for residents; and $5 for senior residents. Permits are in effect from February 1 to January 31, General regulations may be picked up at the tax collector's window in Falmouth Town Hall.
Information on shellfishing locations; See approved shellfishing locations and phone 508-495-7334 for information on closures.