South of Boston/Plymouth offers plenty of rich shellfish beds for vacation fun

Fairhaven Shellfishing & Clamming

Town Hall and Department of Natural Resources, 40 Center Street Fairhaven, MA Phone: 508-984-4529

You can shellfish in authorized areas with a license issued by the town. Fairhaven has resident, and non-resident licenses available. Shellfish licenses are issued by the Selectmens office in Town Hall, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Permits are active from April 1 to March 31. Contact the Shellfish Warden at 508-984-4529 for more details.
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.
Wareham Shellfishing & Clamming

Harbormaster Office, 48 Marion Road Wareham, MA Phone: 508-291-3100

Recreational shellfish permits are issued for the period of January 1 through December 31. Permit is issued for the holder and his or her immediate family under age 18. Shellfish, eels and seaworms harvested with a recreational permit may not be sold. Purchase permits at the Harbormaster office at 48 Marion Road, Wareham (508-291-3100 ext. 3186).
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.
Duxbury Shellfishing & Clamming

Duxbury Town Hall, 878 Tremont Street Duxbury, MA, 02332 Phone: 781-934-1100

Shellfish licenses are required for people over age 14 to dig anywhere in Duxbury. Licenses are available at the Duxbury Town Hall, 878 Tremont Street. Hours are Monday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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.
Scituate Shellfishing & Clamming

Scituate Town Clerk, Town Hall, 600 Chief Justice Cushing Way Scituate, MA, 02066 Phone: 781-545-8744

There is no summertime clamming in Scituate. Beds are usually open in late fall and through winter. Shellfishing season ends June 1. Taking shellfish is permitted only on Thursdays and Sundays, except in December, January and February, when shellfishing is allowed daily. Permits are required for any person 16 years of age or older.
Fees: See clamming flats maps for North River and South River.
Mattapoisett Shellfishing & Clamming

Mattapoisett Town Hall, 16 Main Street Mattapoisett, MA Phone: 508-758-4100

Permits are required for recreational shellfishing. Permits may be purchased online or from the town treasurer’s office at Town Hall, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Permits are in force from January to January.
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