The Shellfish Commission, established under the General Statutes, consists of 11 members:

  • Five regular members (electors of the town appointed by the First Selectman for two year terms)
  • Two alternate members (appointed for one-year terms)
  • Four ex-officio members (the Conservation Director, the Director of Environmental Health Services of the Westport Weston Health District, the Shellfish Warden and the Marine Police Officer - appointed by the First Selectman)

When and where can I shellfish?

The Conservation Department has a map available of the conditionally approved areas for shellfishing. These areas are opened and closed periodically primarily due to rainfall. On the day you wish to shellfish call (203) 838-9807 for a recording that will inform you if the beds are open.

Find out how to get a shellfish permit

The resources listed below will also be helpful:

Shellfishing Articles by Shellfish Commissioner Rindy Higgins

Rindy Higgins, a commissioner of the Westport Shellfish Commission and trustee of a conservation association in Massachusetts, was a marine educator for more than 20 years at The Maritime Aquarium. Her “Raking It In” series discusses the benefits and challenges, techniques, ecology, and cultural heritage of shellfishing in Westport waters.

Download "Raking It In":  An illustrated booklet of all ten articles published in the Norwalk Hour, plus additional material [PDF]

Article 1Shellfishing:  Go local, go green (originally published in the Norwalk Hour on May 2, 2011) [PDF]

Article 2Starting to Clam Up (originally published in the Norwalk Hour on May 16, 2011) [PDF]

Article 3Digging In (originally published in the Norwalk Hour on June 1, 2011) [PDF]

Article 4"What's going on down there?"  (originally published in the Norwalk Hour on June 18, 2011) [PDF]

Article 5 - The Sport of Shellfishing (originally published in the Norwalk Hour on July 18, 2011) [PDF]

Article 6Commercial Fishermen doing well on Long Island Sound (originally published in the Norwalk Hour on July 25, 2011) [PDF]

Article 7 - Team Enforcement: Key to Healthy Shellfish (originally published in the Norwalk Hour on August 22, 2011) [PDF]

Article 8 - 'Destination Oysters' Draws in Diners (originally published in the Norwalk Hour on Sept. 5, 2011) [PDF]

Article 9Shucking and Slurping: The Sounds of the Oyster Fest (originally published in the Norwalk Hour on Sept. 19, 2011) [PDF]

Article 10The Lore and Lure of Shellfish (originally published in the Norwalk Hour on Oct. 9, 2011) [PDF]


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