There is a fixed cap of 50 commercial shellfish permits issued to diggers.
When the cap has been reached, permits for the subsequent year will only be issued to current Falmouth commercial shellfish permit holders (renewed permits).
When the number of issued commercial shellfish permits falls below 50, the following method will be used to offer vacant permits (new permits) to the public:
• Student digger lottery held first (16-17 years old)
• General digger lottery held if 50 diggers is not reached in the student lottery
A scaled lottery system provides increased probability for selection with consecutive years of application to the lottery during years with vacancies.
At such time vacant permits become available and a lottery will be held, lottery applications and drawings will be publicly advertised on the Town website and in the Falmouth Enterprise.