Shellfish Department

Shellfish Permit Information:

Residential recreational permits for 2021 are REQUIRED and 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:

  • Lagoon Pond -

  • Outside Waters

  • Sengekontacket Pond - sections 1-3 & 7-13 (sections 4, 5, & 6 are closed)

If the red flag is flying at either of the bridges to Sengekontacket Pond, it means the pond is closed for shellfishing.

Oak Bluffs Harbor will open on the following dates:

Recreational permit holders - Saturday, December 18, 2021

Commercial permit holders - Monday, December 20, 2021

Scallop season opening dates:

Sengekontacket Pond & Outside waters:

  • Recreation permit holders - Sunday, October 17, 2021
  • Commercial permit holders - Monday, November 8, 2021

Lagoon Pond:

  • Recreational permit holders - Saturday, November 13, 2021
  • Commercial permit holders - Monday, November 15, 2021

Please remember: (322 CMR.6.11): No person shall land or possess bay scallops without a well defined growth line and that growth line shall measure at least 10 millimeters from the hinge of the shell. Exception: Bay Scallops that have an annual growth line located less than 10 millimeters (mm) from the hinge of the shell, shall be lawful to harvest if the shell height is at least 63.5 millimeters (mm) or 2.5 inches.

Oyster season will OPEN on Monday, November 1, 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.