Shellfish Department

***The Shellfish Department will be practicing social distancing of six feet between people, which means that we will ask you to move away as we inspect your catch.***

2021Shellfish licenses will be able to be purchased  online only (read details below): 

Link to purchase Shellfish License


Year round licenses only.

Please plan ahead to get your shellfishing permit as it will take 24 hours to process, not including weekends.
Once you submit your form and pay online, at the blue link above you will recieve an email letting you know when to pick it up.   

Shellfishing Permits can be picked up behind Town Hall in the open slot behind the Tax Payment Mailbox, which is to the right of the back door.

For questions, please call 508-349-0300 ext. 1101.

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Questions: (508)-349-0325

Indian Neck Recreational area   Everyday - October 1-May 31    
June 1 to September 30  -Sunday and Wednesday only
Chipman's Cove: 
Opens the last Sunday in October through April 30th (30 minutes after sunset)
Duck Creek:    (Commercial ONLY)       
December 1st  until April 30 (30 minutes after sunset)
Herring River:  (Commercial ONLY)   
March ( approved water test)until August 31 ( 30 minutes after sunset)

Lieutenant Island SouthEveryday Oct. 1 - May 31

You must have your current year shellfish license with you.  Recreation permit allows 10 quarts per week to be harvest ( Sunday-Saturday is week)

2021 Recreational Shellfishing Permit Fees

Annual  Permits (Jan.1-Dec. 31)

Resident or Taxpaycr


Resident or Taxpayer over 65 years old


Nonresident or Nontaxpayer


Massachusetts Resident Veteran Permit*


Massachusetts Resident Veteran Permit over 65 years old *


Town of Wellfleet Employee


Town of Wellfleet Employee over 65 years old





Seasonal Noncommercial Permits (June 1 – Sept. 30)

Resident or Taxpayer


Non-resident or Non-taxpayer


Massachusetts Resident Veteran Permit*


Town of Wellfleet employee




Replacement Fee (for all categories)


            *Wellfleet residents and taxpayers must provide proof of residency or real estate tax bill at time of purchase.

*To enjoy the Massachusetts Veteran Discount, applicants must provide:

1. A Massachusetts license bearing the Veteran seal,

2. A Massachusetts license and a DD-214 form

3. A Massachusetts license and a Veteran ID card issued by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affair

Recreational shellfishing is permitted with valid shellfish license. 

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.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Nancy Civetta Shellfish Constable 508-349-0325
John Mankevetch Assistant Constable for Propagation (12/31/2022) 508-349-0325
Christopher Manulla Deputy Shellfish Constable (12/31/2022) 508.349.0325