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Shellfish Digger Permit and Shellfish Digger Endorsement

Shellfish Digger Permit

Shellfish Digger Vessel Endorsement

Shellfish Digger Permit

Allows permit holder to harvest, cull, sort or tag clams, oysters, mussels, and scallops taken from certified or open waters for commercial purposes.

License Details

Fee
  • Residents: $50
  • Non-residents: $150
Age Requirement

Applicants 16 years old or under must have application signed and notarized by parent or legal guardian.

Permit Duration

Permit expires December 31 each year.

How to Apply

Residents

Non-residents

Renewals and Reporting

License Renewal

A renewal form will be sent by mail prior to the permit expiration date. If a license renewal form is not received at least 2 weeks prior to the expiration date, please contact us at the address or number below.

Reporting and Recordkeeping

Permit holder must maintain complete and accurate records of all shellfish transactions.

Shellfish Digger Vessel Endorsement

Allows a Shellfish Digger Permit Holder to endorse his or her permit to a single vessel which covers all people on board the vessel while harvesting, culling, sorting, or tagging hard clams and oysters.

License Details

Fee
  • 40 feet or less: $50
  • Greater than 40 feet: $150
Age Requirement

Applicants 16 years old or under must have application signed and notarized by parent or legal guardian.

Permit Duration

Permit expires December 31 each year.

How to apply

  • You may contact the Marine Permit Office and request an application be mailed to you.
  • An online application is also available for you to submit: Vessel 40 feet or less (PDF, 230 KB); Vessel greater than 40 feet (PDF, 264 KB)
  • Be sure to include copies of your valid vessel state registration or US Coast Guard Vessel Certificate of Documentation for the vessel identified on the endorsement.
  • Complete the application and submit it and the appropriate fee to the Marine Permit Office at the address below.

Renewals & Reporting

License Renewal

A renewal form will be sent by mail prior to the permit expiration date. If a license renewal form is not received at least 2 weeks prior to the expiration date, please contact us at the address or number below.

Reporting or Recordkeeping
  • The holder of the endorsed shellfish digger permit must fulfill all recordkeeping requirements required for shellfish diggers permit holders.
  • The holder of the endorsed digger permit must maintain a daily log of the names and addresses of individuals covered by the endorsed permit for each day the vessel is used to take hard clams and oysters.

Laws and Regulations

New York Codes Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)

  • Part 41: Sanitary Condition of Shellfish Lands
  • Part 42: Sanitary Control Over Shellfish

Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)

Contact Information

Marine Permit Office - Division of Marine Resources

205 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 1

East Setauket, New York 11733

Phone: 631-444-0470

Email: MPO@dec.ny.gov

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