Shellfishing and clam digging offer family fun in the mudShellfishing and clam digging in the mud flats of low tide can be fun for adults and kids. In Maine, towns regulate shellfishing permits and licenses. Many towns sell licenses for recreational and seasonal clamming and shellfishing. Contact the town clerk for information. Be aware of rules for clamming, including time limits (usually daytime only) and limits on catch size and the size of the animal. Towns may occasionally close shellfish beds for conservation of the resource or because of polluted waters. Town clerks or shellfish wardens can tell you the local rules.
Town Clerk, 263 Mountain Road Harpswell, ME Phone: 207-833-5822
Fee: Residents and taxpayers, $10; non-residents, $20
Freeport Town Hall, 30 Main Street Freeport, ME Phone: 207-865-4800
The town issues a resident, nonresident, and limited (one day) recreational shellfish license. Licenses are issued by the Town Clerk. Fees: resident recreational, $11; nonresident, $22; limited, $15. Fees are waived for people over age 70 and under age 13.
Closures: The Shellfish Hotline at 207-865-2904 is always kept up to date on closure information. Or you may contact the shellfish warden through the police department at 207-865-4800.
Fees: $7 per year for residents and non-residents. Licensing year runs from June 1 to May 31. Purchase a license during office hours from the town clerk at any of the four town halls. Shellfish Warden is Nicholas Upham. Phone: 207-380-5635.
Boothbay Harbor Town Clerk, 11 Howard Street, Boothbay Harbor (207-633-7714)
Boothbay Town Clerk, 1011 Wiscasset Road, Boothbay (207-633-2051)
Southport Town Clerk, 361 Hendricks Hill Road, Southport (207-633-6311)
Edgecomb Town Selectman, ME Route 27 (207-882-7018)
City Clerk, City Hall, 205 Main Street Biddeford, ME Phone: 207-571-0700
Fees: Residents, $30; residents age 65 to 70, $10; non-residents, $60; on-residents age 65 to 70, $20; one-day only license, $15. Shellfishers over age 70, free.
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Town Hall, 93 Cottage Street Bar Harbor, ME Phone: 207-288-5571
Licenses are available in the Town Clerk's office Monday through Friday, or by mail with a completed Shellfish License Application . Licenses expire on June 30.
Fees: Resident, $23; non-resident, $45; daily resident, $5; daily non-resident, $10
Shellfishing areas: The open clamming areas in Bar Harbor coincide with the Maine Department of Marine Resources Bacterial Closure areas on the DMR map for the area. Additional information is available on the Bar Harbor Marine Resources Committee map. Shellfish Sanitation Hotline number is 800-232-4733.
Brunswick Town Hall, 85 Union Street Brunswick, ME Phone: 207-725-6658
Fees: Residents, $25; free for people age 62 and older. Non-residents, $50; free for people age 62 and older.