Orleans, Eastham announces shellfish closings

All of Nauset Estuary is closed as of Tuesday

The Towns of Orleans and Eastham recently announced shellfish closings. Effective Tuesday all of Nauset Estuary was closed to shellfishing per Orleans. The announcement was also made by the Town of Eastham this week. 

According to a notice on the Orleans town's website, this includes the areas of:

  • Meetinghouse Pond (north of a line drawn around the floating docks at Nauset Marine East
  • Lonnie's Pond (from the launching ramp at the town landing and south to the herring run creek is open for those with family permits only)
  • Paw Wah Pond and the entrance creek
  • Quanset Pond and Little Quanset Pond (east of a line drawn from the middle of the point to the pier on the opposite shore and to a depth of 3 feet as measured at low water is open to the taking of shellfish for those with family permits only)
  • Pochet Creek, north of a line drawn from the "no shellfishing" sign on Pochet Neck to the "no shellfishing" sign on the opposite shore (Nauset Beach)

On Cape Cod Bay in Orleans, Rock Harbor, Nameskaket and Little Nameskaket Creeks (inside of lines drawn across the mouth of each) are also closed to shellfishing in Orleans. On Cape Cod Bay in Eastham, Rock Harbor, Boat Meadow, Bee's River and Hatches Creek (inside lines drawn across the mouth of each) are also closed.

In Eastham, all of Nauset Marsh and Town Cove are closed to the taking of any and all shellfish.

According to the Town of Eastham, the closures are due to red tide.

See Orleans's shellfish regulations here. Orleans offers family shellfish permits which allow anyone in the same home (dependents or spouses) to shellfish under the license. The 2015 family shellfish permit is valid from April 1 through March 31. Orleans and Eastham residents may obtain such a license for $20, Orleans or Eastham seniors for $10 and Massachusetts and out-of-state residents for $70 annually.

See the Eastham closure map here. See Eastham shellfish regulations here. In Eastham, shellfish permits are available to Eastham taxpayers for $25 per year, senior taxpayers pay $12.

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