The Shellfish Division is responsible for the propagation and management of shellfisheries and herring runs in the Town of Falmouth. They operate the Falmouth Inner Harbor propagation center as well as remote growing upwellers in Green Pond and West Falmouth Harbor.

Shellfish Permits

Shellfish permits are issued by the Collector's Office. Questions regarding shellfish permits should be directed to the Collector's Office at 508-495-7370. You may apply for a shellfish permit by mail or online using the information links below:

1. Shellfish Permit Mail-In Instructions

2. Purchase Shellfish Permits Online

  1. Waquoit Bay and Nantucket Sound closed to shellfising

    Effective immediately, Waquoit Bay and Nantucket Sounds are close to the taking of shellfish due to the recent storm until further notice. All other areas that were open prior to this event remain open. Read on...
  2. Fall 2021 Shellfish Areas Openings

    This document serves as a summary of the Fall 2021 shellfishing season by area. Read on...
  3. 2021 Designated Shellfish Growing Area Changes-Effective May 1, 2021

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