Shellfish Permit Information:
Residential recreational permits available only through the Selectmen office.
If you have questions regarding a shellfish permit application, please call Debra Alley at 508-693-3554 x115.
Non-residential one-week, two-week and one-month recreational shellfish permits are available from May to September at Dick’s Bait & Tackle, 108 New York Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557, phone 508-693-7669
- Enforces laws and regulations relating to shellfish
- Culture shellfish and administer town shellfish beds
- Provide coordination of Town shellfish conservation activities
- Research, propose and obtain grant funding for shellfish related projects
- Public education and safety
- Oversees private aquaculture
- Leases and herring regulations
Areas open for shellfishing:
Sengekontacket Pond - sections 1 to 13 (see map below)
If the red flag is flying at either of the bridges to Sengekontacket Pond, it means the pond is closed for shellfishing.
Scallop season closed on March 31, 2021
Oyster season closed on March 31, 2021
Oak Bluffs Harbor closed on March 31, 2021
Goals & Objectives
- Shellfish Constable-Continue work on Farm Pond and Salt Marsh Restoration
- Shellfish Constable-Cultivate 4 species of shellfish (approximately 7.15 million seed) and address nitrogen loading is salt ponds
- Instituted private-public partnership to obtain interns to perform water quality and
phytoplankton monitoring program.
- Continued work on living shore line/salt marsh and Farm Pond Restoration Project.