Shellfishing (or clamming or clam digging) or for clams, oysters, and mussels, is a traditional coastal activity. In Massachusetts, recreational shellfishing is regulated by the towns. Contact a clerk to learn where and when buy a permit and to learn the local shellfishing regulations. Be aware of shellfishing beds that may be closed due to pollution. Know the local rules on catch limits, size limits, and allowable tools to use. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries (617-626-1520) posts information on measuring shellfish and size limits, but the towns regulate the sport.
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Town Hall, 51 Spring Street Vineyard Haven, MA Phone: 508-696-4200
Town Hall and Department of Natural Resources, 40 Center Street Fairhaven, MA Phone: 508-984-4529
Harbormaster Office, 48 Marion Road Wareham, MA Phone: 508-291-3100
Sticker Office at the Department of Public Works, 555 Old Orchard Road Eastham, MA Phone: 508-240-5972
Nantucket Marine & Coastal Resource Department, 34 Washington Street (Town Pier) Nantucket, MA Phone: 508-228-7261
Falmouth Town Hall, 59 Town Hall Square Falmouth, MA Phone: 508-457-2536
Duxbury Town Hall, 878 Tremont Street Duxbury, MA, 02332 Phone: 781-934-1100
Town of Ipswich, 25 Green Street Ipswich, MA, 01938 Phone: 978-356-6600
Scituate Town Clerk, Town Hall, 600 Chief Justice Cushing Way Scituate, MA, 02066 Phone: 781-545-8744
6 Plum Island Turnpike Newburyport, MA, 01950 Phone: 978-465-5753
Shellfish Department, 135 Meetinghouse Way Edgartown, MA, 02539 Phone: 508-627-7570
Wellfleet Town Hall, 300 Main Street Wellfleet, MA, 02667 Phone: 508-349-0300
Mattapoisett Town Hall, 16 Main Street Mattapoisett, MA Phone: 508-758-4100
Gloucester City Clerk, City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue Gloucester, MA Phone: 978-281-9720
Mashpee Town Hall, 16 Great Neck Road North Mashpee, MA Phone: 508-539-1439
Barnstable Division of Natural Resources, 1189 Phinney’s Lane Centerville, MA, 02632 Phone: 508-790-6272
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