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.***

2020 Shellfish License available for purchase:

Recreational shellfishing permits will still be issued, but through the mail.

Download the recreational shellfishing application from the Recreational Shellfishing page of our website and mail it in with your proof of residency and supporting documents, a check and a self- addressed, stamped envelope. Types of permits and rates are below.  Please make check out to "Town of Wellfleet"

It will be mailed back to you, so plan ahead. You may not shellfish without a 2020 permit. Also, free three-inch oyster rings and permit holders are in a bag by the sliding glass doors at our office at the pier.


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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 South:  Everyday Oct. 1 - May 31

You must have your current year shellfish license with you.

2020 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 
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