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Shellfish Department
The Shellfish Department is responsible for monitoring Gloucester shellfish harvesting areas and enforcing both Gloucester shellfishing regulations and State of Massachusetts laws 
in order to conserve and protect the city's shellfish resources and promote public health.

Permits & Other Documents
All permits are issued by the City Clerk's office
at City Hall. For office hours, please call (978)

Color-coded maps, regulations, and ordinances
can be also obtained at the City Clerk's office.

For more information please contact the Shellfish Department hotline at (978) 325-5248.

Types of Permits & Fees
All permits expire June 30 of each year.
Peter Seminara
Shellfish Warden
Contact Us

19 Harbor Loop.
Gloucester, MA 01930 

Ph: (978) 325-5248

Monday - Wednesday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
8:30 am - 6:30 pm
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Permit Type


Non-resident, non-commercial clam and seaworm (annual)


Non-resident, non-commercial clam (one day)


Resident, commercial clam and seaworm


Resident, commercial clam (full-time student)


Resident, commercial eel


Resident, commercial or non-commercial (senior 70+ years)


Resident, commercial seaworm only


Resident, non-commercial clam and seaworm


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