Shellfish Permits and Licenses
Commercial shellfish diggers are required by law to hold specific permits to conduct shellfish harvesting activities. These permits are issued by the Marine Permit Office (MPO) in the DEC Division of Marine Resources.
Shellfish shippers and shellfish processors are also required to hold permits, based the type of shellfish handling carried out at their facilities.
Recreational shellfish diggers are not required to hold a permit from DEC. However, all shellfish diggers, both recreational and commercial, are advised to check with their local townships to see if a town permit is required for shellfish harvesting.
It is the responsibility of the commercial and recreational shellfish harvester to:
- be familiar with harvest limits,
- work only in areas that are open to shellfish harvesting,
- be aware of any special or emergency shellfishing closures,
- and use best practices to ensure that their shellfish are safe for consumption.
- complete the commercial shellfish harvester education exam (PDF, 712 KB).
Please direct questions regarding shellfish harvester education to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about Shellfish Permits and Licenses:
- Shellfish Shippers and Processors Permits - a description of the different types of permits needed to ship and process bivalve shellfish
- Shellfish Digger Permit and Shellfish Digger Endorsement - Information on obtaining a NYS Shellfish Diggers Permit.