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Shellfish Shippers and Processors Permits

Please make sure to review our 2020 Reference Guide for All Harvesters and Shellfish Dealers (PDF) and the 2020 Vibro Control Plan.

How to Apply

DEC's Marine Permit Office is closed to walk-in customers until further notice. Please contact the Marine Permit Office to request an application or for other question or concerns by calling 631-444-0470 or email MPO@dec.ny.gov.

Please see the table below for License Information and Application Requirements for your specific permit, and also review the Additional Requirements for All Permits that can be found below the table.

Age Requirement

Applicants must be 18 years or older.

License Details

Shellfish shippers and processors license fees and descriptions.
Class Type Description Fees
A Shellfish Shipper

Allows permit holder and employees of the permit holder to reship, pack, or repack shellfish which have been purchased from holders of valid shellfish shipper permits or shellfish digger permits in interstate or intrastate commerce.

With This Permit You May Not:

  • Ship shellfish out of state unless the permit contains a condition authorizing such shipment,
  • Purchase or receive shellstock from the holder of a digger's permit unless you possess a place of business in Nassau or Suffolk County and such permit contains a condition authorizing them to do so.

Application Requirements:

Step 1:

  • Complete the Shellfish Dealer Education 1 requirements for Nassau and Suffolk Counties,
    OR Shellfish Dealer Education 2 requirements for all other counties and out of state applicants,
  • Submit an acceptable Shellfish HACCP Plan specific to your shellfish operation,
  • Contact DEC for an interview and receive shellfish dealer permit number.

Step 2:

  • Submit a shellfish dealer tag that includes all of the required information,
  • Submit a shellfish shipping invoice that includes all of the required information,
  • Have a facility that meets all of the requirements outlined in 6 NYCRR Part 42 Sanitary Control Over Shellfish.

Reporting Requirements:

  • Monthly shellfish landings reports must be submitted to the department by the 10th day of the succeeding month.
$300
B Shellfish Processor

Allows permit holder and employees of the permit holder to reship, pack, or repack and process shellfish which have been purchased from holders of valid shellfish shipper permits or shellfish digger permits in interstate or intrastate commerce.

With This Permit You May Not:

  • Ship shellfish out of state unless the permit contains a condition authorizing such shipment,
  • Purchase or receive shellstock from the holder of a digger's permit unless you possess a place of business in Nassau or Suffolk County and such permit contains a condition authorizing them to do so.

Application Requirements:

Step 1:

  • Complete the Shellfish Dealer Education 1 requirements for Nassau and Suffolk Counties,
    OR Shellfish Dealer Education 2 requirements for all other counties and out of state applicants,
  • Submit an acceptable Shellfish HACCP Plan specific to your shellfish operation,
  • Contact DEC for an interview and receive shellfish dealer permit number.

Step 2:

  • Submit a shellfish dealer tag that includes all of the required information,
  • Submit a shellfish shipping invoice that includes all of the required information,
  • Have a facility that meets all of the requirements outlined in 6 NYCRR Part 42 Sanitary Control Over Shellfish.
  • You must submit a shellfish dealer label for processed shellfish that includes all of the required information.

Reporting Requirements:

  • Monthly shellfish landings reports must be submitted to the department by the 10th day of the succeeding month.
$600
C Shellfish Re-shipper

Allows permit holder and employees of the permit holder to reship shellfish which have been shipped by the holders of valid shipper permits in intrastate commerce.

With This Permit You May Not:

  • Ship shellfish out of state unless the permit contains a condition authorizing such shipment,
  • Have your own shellfish dealer tags, you must distribute the shellfish exactly the way it is received (thus reshipper).

Application Requirements:

Step 1:

  • Complete the Shellfish Dealer Education 2 requirements,
  • Submit an acceptable Shellfish HACCP Plan specific to your shellfish operation,
  • Contact DEC for an interview and receive shellfish dealer permit number.

Step 2:

  • Submit a shellfish shipping invoice that includes all of the required information,
  • Have a facility that meets all of the requirements outlined in 6 NYCRR Part 42 Sanitary Control Over Shellfish.
$200
D Shellfish Digger/Shipper

Allows permit holder to ship shellstock which the permit holder has legally harvested from the shellfish lands of the state.

With This Permit You May Not:

  • Ship shellfish out of state unless the permit contains a condition authorizing such shipment.

Application Requirements:

Step 1:

  • Obtain a shellfish digger permit,
  • Your shellfish dealer permit number will be the same as your digger permit number; however it will begin with NY, then your digger permit number, and end with SS which follows your digger permit number,
  • Complete the Shellfish Dealer Education 4 requirements,

Step 2:

  • Submit an acceptable Shellfish HACCP Plan specific to your shellfish operation,
  • Submit a shellfish shipping invoice that includes all of the required information,
  • Submit a shellfish dealer tag that includes all of the required information,
  • Have a facility that meets all of the requirements outlined in 6 NYCRR Part 42 Sanitary Control Over Shellfish.

Reporting Requirements:

  • Monthly shellfish landings reports must be submitted to the department by the 10th day of the succeeding month.
$75
E Bay Scallop Shucker/Packer

Allows permit holder to shuck and pack bay scallops received from the holder of a shellfish digger permit and to ship the shucked bay scallops in intrastate commerce.

With This Permit You May Not:

  • Purchase or receive shellstock from the holder of a digger's permit unless you possess a place of business in Nassau or Suffolk County and such permit contains a condition authorizing them to do so.

Application Requirements:

Step 1:

  • Complete the Shellfish Dealer Education 1 requirements,
  • Submit an acceptable Shellfish HACCP Plan specific to your shellfish operation,
  • Contact DEC for an interview and receive shellfish dealer permit number.

Step 2:

  • Submit a shellfish shipping invoice that includes all of the required information,
  • Have a facility that meets all of the requirements outlined in 6 NYCRR Part 42 Sanitary Control Over Shellfish.

Reporting Requirements:

  • Monthly shellfish landings reports must be submitted to the department by the 10th day of the succeeding month.
$50

Additional Requirements for All Permits:

Water used from non-public water systems or private wells must be tested:

  • Prior to use,
  • After it has been repaired, and
  • At least twice a year by an approved laboratory.

All shellfish must be obtained from an approved source.

  • An approved source for those authorized to receive shellfish directly from a harvester is shellstock received from a permitted NY shellfish digger.
  • An approved source for anyone is from a person or firm listed on the Interstate Certified Shellfish Shippers List (ICSSL).

All approved sources of shellfish may be viewed at the Interstate Certified Shellfish Shippers List (link leaves DEC website).

Permits Duration

Permit expires December 31 of each year.

Renewing

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.

Laws & Regulations

New York Codes Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)

Part 42: Sanitary Control Over Shellfish (link leaves DEC's website)

Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)

To find a law click on the link, click on ENV, find Article 13, then click on the appropriate law.
13-0315 Shellfish shippers' and processor's permit (link leaves DEC's website)

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