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Shellfish Shippers and Processors Permits

Shellfish harvesters, shippers, and dealers must review and follow Reference Guide for All Harvesters and Shellfish Dealers (PDF) and the Vibro Control Plan between May 1 - October 30.

Shellfish Shipper Permit (Class A)

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.

Fee: $300
Age Requirement: Applicants must be 18 years or older.
Permit Duration: Permit expires December 31 each year.

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 Shellfish Inspection Unit by email or call 631-444-0494 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 Requirement

Permit holders that have authorization to buy from harvesters must submit a completed New York State Shellfish Landings Report Form (PDF) to DEC monthly, including for months in which no activities occurred. For months in which activities did occur, the permit holder shall report all wild harvested shellfish received from the holder of a digger's permit (the original harvester). Review Shellfish Shipper Reporting Instructions (PDF) for complete details.

Submit monthly reports to: shellfishlandings@dec.ny.gov or by mail to DEC Division of Marine Resources, Shellfish Management, 123 Kings Park Blvd., Kings Park, NY 11754

Shellfish Processor Permit (Class B)

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.

Fee: $600
Age Requirement: Applicants must be 18 years or older.
Permit Duration: Permit expires December 31 each year.

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 Shellfish Inspection Unit by email or call 631-444-0494 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 Requirement

Permit holders that have authorization to buy from harvesters must submit a completed New York State Shellfish Landings Report Form (PDF) to DEC monthly, including for months in which no activities occurred. For months in which activities did occur, the permit holder shall report all wild harvested shellfish received from the holder of a digger's permit (the original harvester). Review Shellfish Shipper Reporting Instructions (PDF) for complete details.

Submit monthly reports to: shellfishlandings@dec.ny.gov or by mail to DEC Division of Marine Resources, Shellfish Management, 123 Kings Park Blvd., Kings Park, NY 11754

Shellfish Re-shipper Permit (Class C)

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).

Fee: $200
Age Requirement: Applicants must be 18 years or older.
Permit Duration: Permit expires December 31 each year.

Application Requirements

Step 1

  • Complete the Shellfish Dealer Education 2 requirements,
  • Submit an acceptable Shellfish HACCP Plan specific to your shellfish operation,
  • Contact DEC Shellfish Inspection Unit by email or call 631-444-0494 for an interview and receive shellfish dealer permit number.

Step 2

Shellfish Digger/Shipper Permit (Class D)

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.

Fee: $75
Age Requirement: Applicants must be 18 years or older.
Permit Duration: Permit expires December 31 each year.

Application Requirements

Step 1

  • Obtain a New York State 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 Requirement

All permit holders must submit a completed New York State Shellfish Landings Report Form (PDF) to DEC monthly including for months in which no activities occurred. For months in which activities did occur, the permit holder shall report the direct sale of any shellfish to any person or business that does not possess a valid Class A or B permit such as restaurants, markets, bait dealers, direct consumers, etc. Review Shellfish Shipper Reporting Instructions (PDF) for complete details.

Submit monthly reports to: shellfishlandings@dec.ny.gov or by mail to DEC Division of Marine Resources, Shellfish Management, 123 Kings Park Blvd., Kings Park, NY 11754

Bay Scallop Shucker/Packer Permit (Class E)

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.

Fee: $50
Age Requirement: Applicants must be 18 years or older.
Permit Duration: Permit expires December 31 each year.

Application Requirements

Step 1

  • Complete the Shellfish Dealer Education 1 requirements.
  • Submit an acceptable Shellfish HACCP Plan specific to your shellfish operation.
  • Contact DEC Shellfish Inspection Unit by email or call 631-444-0494 for an interview and receive shellfish dealer permit number.

Step 2

Reporting Requirement

All permit holders must submit a completed New York State Shellfish Landings Report Form (PDF) to DEC monthly including for months in which no activities occurred. For months in which activities did occur, the permit holder shall report the total quantities of all bay scallops, in pounds of meat weight, received from the holder of a digger's permit, the original harvester. Review Shellfish Shipper Reporting Instructions (PDF) for complete details.

Submit monthly reports to: shellfishlandings@dec.ny.gov or by mail to DEC Division of Marine Resources, Shellfish Management, 123 Kings Park Blvd., Kings Park, NY 11754

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 New York Shellfish Digger Permit holder.
  • 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 (leaves DEC website).

Renewing

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 by email or call the Marine Permit Office at 631-444-0470.

Laws & Regulations

New York Codes Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)
Part 42: Sanitary Control Over Shellfish (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 (leaves DEC's website)

Other Related or Similar Licenses

Food Fish and Crustacea Dealers and Shippers Permits


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