Shell Fish Hotline # (860)739-6233
East Lyme Shell fish Commission Shell fish RegulationsNo Refund of Permit Fees The purchaser of a clamming permit takes the risk of limited access to the open clamming areas. Under prolonged bad weather the clamming areas are closed. The Commission will not refund any permit fees for any reason.
Seasonal Open and Closed Areas
The conditionally approved areas open and close for shell fishing dependent upon the season and/or rainfall. Area "E" is conditionally approved on a year round basis. Events requiring closure are described below. Area "F" is approved between November 1-April 30 and is closed seasonally between May 1-October 31. The area between is approved on a year round basis. On the opposite side of this sheet is a detailed description of these areas with a map of the bay showing the locations.
Events Requiring Closure of the Conditional Area
A 1 inch rainfall in a 24 hour period will result in the closure of the conditional area for a minimum of 7 days. The Commission will take water samples after 5 days and announce the opening or continued closure of the area. Closures may also take place for sewage or chemical effluent release or other public health reasons. Check out phone info line or the signal disks for the current status.
Methods of Public Notice
The commission will advise the public of area opening or closures by the following methods:
1. Calling the shellfish info line Phone # 739-6233 will advise the status.
2. Status signal disks located at the Hole in the Wall Beach for area "E" and Crescent Beach for area "F". Disks are displayed with red signaling closed and white open.
Clamming Permit RequiredAll shell fishing is by permit only. Permits are available from most local bait and tackle shops and the Shellfish Warden Office at the State Launch Ramp. Penalties are severe for violation of these or any other shellfish regulations (see permit for penalties). Read the Regulations on your permit and this accompanying document.
Map And Description of Area "E" and Area "F"
A Map of Niantic Bay reflecting the conditional approved area "E" and conditional approved area "F" with a written description of the areas is found on the other side of this document.
Scalloping is covered by other regulations and permits. See a copy of the current Shell Fish Permit Below
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