North harbor reopens

Nov 3, 2022


Shellfishing can now take place north of the Padanaram Causeway, Harbormaster Steve Melo announced Nov. 3.

The usual Nov. 1 reopening had to be put on hold after that portion of the harbor failed to meet state water quality standards for either commercial or recreational harvesting.

Following recent testing by the State Division of Marine Fisheries, conditions in the upper harbor were found to be “sufficient to allow opening of the area to harvesting of shellfish,” Melo said.

The now reopened north portion of the harbor extends east to west from the northern portion of the causeway and as far north as Star of the Sea Villa to Mullen's Pier at the foot of Captain's Lane.

Shellfishing is prohibited in the immediate vicinity of Dias Landing and the coast of Padanaram Village.

Those looking to dig up clams and quahogs are required to have a permit. Permits can be acquired by visiting Town Hall, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you do not have last year's permit, send in a copy of your license and a check. Shellfishing Permits for Dartmouth residents are $25. The fee is waived for anyone over the age of 65. 

Shellfishing in the northern portion of the harbor will be allowed through May 1, 2023.

A map of permitted shellfishing areas is attached to this story.