Shellfish Department

General Information

The Shellfish Department’s primary function is to provide, protect, and nourish the shellfisheries in the Town of Truro. The main duties include the following:

  • Purchasing and planting of shellfish stock for the public shellfish beds (there are no private shellfish beds in the Town of Truro)
  • Protection of public shellfish beds from predators including moon snails, green crabs, and starfish
  • Patrol of shellfish flats to enforce shellfish regulations (illegal taking of shellfish)
  • Water quality testing of shellfish beds with the state Division of Marine Fisheries


Shellfishing Licenses can be purchased at Truro Town Hall, Monday thru Friday 8am-4pm. One Week License ($25.00); Resident Annual ($15.00); Non-Resident Annual ($100.00); Senior-Resident 62 and older (free).  Licenses are valid from November 1st to October 31st.

2017 Annual Resident and Non-Resident Shellfish Licenses available starting  October 17, 2016 in the Selectmen's Office

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