Shellfish Permit Information & Fees

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2017 Shellfish permits are now available for sale.

Permits can be purchased at the Beach Sticker Office (open seasonally) and at the Administration Office in Town Hall year round.

Current status of shellfishing areas:


Current status of shellfishing areas:
Questions: (508-349-0325)
Indian Neck:            
 October 1 to May 31 open everyday
 June 1 to September 30  sundays and weds. only
Chipman's Cove: 
Opens the last Sunday in October through April 30th (30 minutes after sunset)
Duck Creek:             
December (approved water test) until April 30 (30 minutes after sunset)
Herring River:          
    March ( approved water test)until August 31 ( 30 minutes after sunset)

Recreational shellfishing is permitted with valid shellfish license. 

You must have your current year shellfish license with you.

2017 Wellfleet Shellfish Permit Fees          
Annual Resident*                                             $60.00
Seasonal Resident*                                          $40.00
Annual Senior Resident (age 65+)*               $20.00
Annual Non Resident                                       $210.00
Seasonal Non Resident                                    $85.00
Commercial                                                       $310.00
Junior Commercial (ages 14-16)                    $110.00
Senior Commercial (age 65+)                         $60.00
Commercial Eel                                                 $3.00
Replacement fee for all licenses:                   $10.00
Annual Shellfish Permit Dates:                       Jan 1-Dec 31           
Seasonal Shellfish Permit Dates:                   June 1-Sept 30      
*Wellfleet residents must provide proof of residency at time of purchase 

The Wellfleet Shellfish Department is responsible for managing shellfish resources, promoting shellfish propagation, monitoring water quality, and conserving Wellfleet's marine & estuarine resources.  Wellfleet Harbor is a federal No-Discharge Area, and has been designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern.

In Massachusetts, coastal municipalities manage shellfish resources within a three mile limit from shore.  In Wellfleet, the most common shellfish are oysters (Crassostrea virginica), quahaugs or hard clams (Mercenaria mercenaria), soft shell clams (Mya arenaria) and bay scallops (Argopecten irradians).

This site is provided to encourage responsible, legal use of the Town's shellfish resources, answer questions you might have about shellfishing and shellfish in general, and promote interaction among members of the shellfishing community