Provincetown residents: dig for your dinner starting Nov. 3

Shellfish areas to open November 3
A tranquil Provincetown Harbor. Photo by Jane Booth.

Per a notice from Provincetown Shellfish Constable Tony Jackett, licensed residents and non-residents may begin digging for their own dinner on Sunday, November 3, 2013.

According to Jackett, three different shellfishing areas will be opened to the public beginning on the 3rd:

  • 11/3/13: Shellfish area west of Capt. Jack's to the east side of the  Provincetown Inn and 25 feet inside the private grants
  • 11/17/13: Shellfish area from Allerton Street to the Provincetown/Truro line
  • 12/1/13: Shellfish area at Hatches Harbor (access between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.)

A license is required to take shellfish.  Licenses ($15 for residents,  $50 non-residents), gauges and regulations are available at the Town Clerk's Office. Residents/taxpayers 65 and over are eligible for a license at no charge.

Shellfishing will be allowed Sundays and Fridays through the end of March 2014. There is a limit of 10-quarts per week.

Should the shellflsh constable find bay scallops abundant, days and locations will be posted for recreational taking.  The limit for bay scallops will be 2 pecks per week.

Shellfishing dates are subject to water and shellfish quality testing by the state.

See shellfish area maps on the town's website here.


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