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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:

Please direct questions regarding shellfish harvester education to diggertraining@dec.ny.gov.

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