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. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on