South of Boston/Plymouth offers plenty of rich shellfish beds for vacation fun
Town Hall and Department of Natural Resources, 40 Center Street Fairhaven, MA Phone: 508-984-4529
Fees: Resident, $30; non-resident, $135.
Fishing Locations: Shellfishing areas on maps attached to the town shellfish regulations are open only when a yellow flag is displayed at two locations. The first location is Baxter Avenue off Sconticut Neck Road, and it governs the west side of the Sconticut Neck. The second is displayed at Knollmere Beach at the end of Weeden Road. When flags are displayed as red (or no flag at all) all shellfishing is prohibited in the areas as shown on the map.
Harbormaster Office, 48 Marion Road Wareham, MA Phone: 508-291-3100
Permits: Resident Permit for Wareham residents is $30; senior residents, $15; non-resident (must be a resident of Massachusetts), $120; 2-week permit June 1 to September 15, $30; one-week permit for June 1 to September 15, $15.
Scituate Town Clerk, Town Hall, 600 Chief Justice Cushing Way Scituate, MA, 02066 Phone: 781-545-8744
Fees: See clamming flats maps for North River and South River.
Mattapoisett Town Hall, 16 Main Street Mattapoisett, MA Phone: 508-758-4100
Fees: Annual fee is $25 for residents and $125 for non-residents.
Catch: Quahogs, soft shell clams, oysters, scallops (scallops season is winter). For more information, contact shellfish officer Kathy Massey at 508-758-4120 ext. 202
Duxbury Town Hall, 878 Tremont Street Duxbury, MA, 02332 Phone: 781-934-1100
Fees: Annual fee for non-residents is $120. The year runs from April 1 to March 31.
Rules: Shellfish may be taken from sunrise to sunset. Taking shellfish, eels or seaworms is prohibited on Sundays from June 1 to September 1. All shellfish must be dug with conventional tined tools. No shovels are permitted and digging must be by hand.