Recreational Harvest

Recreational shellfishing is allowed in 15 coastal Connecticut towns. Each town sets its own rules including permit fees, species, seasons and catch limits. Always remember to have a cooler full of ice when heading out. Keep the shellfish cold and immediately transfer to refrigerator upon return.

Access Rules and Shellfish Harvest Locations
2020 Guide to Recreational Shellfishing in Connecticut 
Shellfish Harvest Area Maps (select “recreational shellfish beds” from the layer list and zoom to your town)

Management Guidance
State Regulatory Guidance Documents
Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC)
Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Manual

Annual Gathering of Shellfish Commissions
Organized by Connecticut Sea Grant, this meeting covers all aspects of local shellfisheries management and features regulatory guidance from the Department of Agriculture/Bureau of Aquaculture. Contact: or (860) 405-9104.

2021 17th Annual GSFC Presentations (download PDF): VanGulick (HAB), VanGulick (Cyanobacteria), Dragan (Conditional area mgmt) and handout, DeRosia-Banick (disease update), Getchis (Shell Restoration) Getchis/DeRosia-Banick (Climate)
2020 16th Annual GSFC agenda Presentations (download PDF): Barrett (climate) Haynes )(plastics), DeRosia-Banick, Dragan (Conditional area mgmt, Carey, Van Gulick (HAB)
2019 15th Annual GSFC agenda
2018 14th Annual GSFC agenda
2017 13th Annual GSFC agenda Presentations (download PDF): DeRosia-Banick, Yeadon, Dragan, Pomeroy, Concepcion, Getchis
2016 12th Annual GFSC agenda Presentations (download PDF):Brysh, DeRosia-Banick, Getchis, Macklin, Nikituk, Savona Surabian, UConnEngr, Yang
2015 11th Annual GSFC agenda Presentations (download PDF):
Getchis, Pawlik, DeRosia-Banick, Pomeroy, Chadwick
2014 10th Annual GSFC agenda
2013 9th Annual GSFC agenda
2012 8th Annual GSFC agenda
2011 7th Annual GSFC agenda
2010 6th Annual GSFC agenda
2009 5th Annual GSFC agenda
2008 4th Annual GSFC agenda
2007 3rd Annual GSFC agenda
2006 2nd Annual GSFC
2005 1st Annual GSFC
2001-2004 Eastern Commission Meetings


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