If I am an Edgartown resident, how do I get a shellfish license?

The new family and commercial shellfish licenses are now available to start April 1st. They are available in the Board of Selectmen’s Office during regular business hours. 

Annual shellfish licenses run from April 1 - March 31.

Edgartown family resident licenses are available at a cost of $50. Licenses are free for Edgartown residents 60 years or older.

Please note: It is also necessary to purchase a measuring gauge ($5) for quahogs and clams.

Shellfish licenses are available for sale at the Town Hall. You may also purchase a license by mail. Send request along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Board of Selectmen, 70 Main Street, P.O. Box 5158, Edgartown, MA 02539. Please state that you are a resident and include your island address along with a check payable to the Town of Edgartown.

Licenses are valid for husband, wife, children under 18 and/or two guests.

All family license holders must:

Have permit in possession while shellfishing.

Have shellfish measuring gauge in possession.

Must have a positive picture identification on their person while shellfishing.

A family permit may not be used to fish more than once a week for any and all species of shellfish.

Catch Limits:

A family permit holder shall not take more than ½ bushel of any and all species of shellfish during said week except for Bay Scallops. The Bay Scallop limit shall be no more than one (1) struck level 10 gallon plastic wash basket per week in season.

  • Wednesday, 11 September 2013