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Eastham Shellfishing & Clamming

Sticker Office at the Department of Public Works, 555 Old Orchard Road Eastham, MA Phone: 508-240-5972

A permit is required for taking eels, sea worms or shellfish from the coastal waters of Eastham. Shellfish Permits are issued at the Sticker Office, Memorial Day to mid-August. Call 508-240-5976.
Permits: Issued to residents and property owners of Eastham or Orleans ($25); residents of Eastham or Orleans over age 64 $12); non-residents of the towns ($75); a one-week license, regardless of residence, ($20). Permits are effective June 1 to May 31. Locations: Most of the Town’s shellfishing areas are open daily from sunrise to sunset, except for Salt Pond (Sundays only) and several tidal creeks.
Falmouth Shellfishing & Clamming

Falmouth Town Hall, 59 Town Hall Square Falmouth, MA Phone: 508-457-2536

Shellfish and herring permits are sold at the tax collector's window in Falmouth Town Hall, 59 Town Hall Square, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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.
Wellfleet Shellfishing & Clamming

Wellfleet Town Hall, 300 Main Street Wellfleet, MA, 02667 Phone: 508-349-0300

Recreational shellfishing is permitted with a license, required for fishers age 12 and older. Purchase at the Beach Sticker Office or the Administration Office in Town Hall. The shellfishing season is June 1-Sept 30.
Fees: Annual: resident, $50; senior resident, $10; non-resident, $200. Seasonal: resident, $30; non-resident, $75.
Fishing Locations: 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 is regularly stocked with quahogs and small populations of soft shell clams and oysters.
Barnstable Shellfishing & Clamming

Barnstable Division of Natural Resources, 1189 Phinney’s Lane Centerville, MA, 02632 Phone: 508-790-6272

Shellfishing licenses may be purchased at the Marine and Environmental Affairs Office, 1189 Phinney’s lane, Barnstable, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Licenses may also be obtained by mail (to the address above) with proof of residency and payment in full. Please include a self addressed stamped envelope. Seasonal licenses are in effect June 1through September 1.
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 Shellfishing & Clamming

Mashpee Town Hall, 16 Great Neck Road North Mashpee, MA Phone: 508-539-1439

To shellfish in Mashpee you must have a Mashpee shellfish permit or Wampanoag Tribal ID card. You may buy a permit if you own land in Mashpee or live in Massachusetts. Permits are issued at the Town Clerk's office.
Fees Family, $25; seniors, $6; non-resident, $80
Hours: Daily, sunrise to sunset.
Shellfishing Locations: Shellfishing is allowed up to the high tide shoreline, except in areas closed because of contamination. Areas for non-commercial shellfishing are in Waquoit Bay, Great River, Hamblin Pond and Popponesset Bay. Refer to the shellfishing maps.
Harvest of quahogs, soft-shell clams, scallops (in season), mussels and razor clams is allowed. The taking of oysters is prohibited . Catch limits are established for each species and can be found in the regulations. Shellfishing maps