Shellfish Management Program


The softshell clam resource belongs to the people of the State of Maine. The Department of Marine Resources must ensure that municipalities assuming the responsibility of managing shellfish resources do so in a manner consistent with the state's goal of balancing use of the resource and conservation. Towns manage their shellfish resources to the lower tide line (except for intertidal mussel harvest permits), by adopting and enforcing a town shellfish conservation ordinance.

The Area Biologists are responsible for helping municipalities with resource assessment and management of their shellfish ordinances. The Shellfish Program Coordinator manages the Muncipal Shellfish warden eligibility and training program. 

Staff Contact Information

Town Shellfish Warden Application and Training

Town Shellfish Ordinances, Permits & Intertidal Management Plans

  • This link contains town Conservation Closure permits, Transplant permits, Shellfish Ordinances, Intertidal Management Plans, and coordinating maps.

Forms - Annual Review Forms needed by towns with ordinances, Applications for Shellfish Program Permits and Wardens, and more

News & Meetings

Current shellfish closures

Other Information

Program Laws and Regulations

The municipal shellfish program is governed by DMR Regulations Chapters 4 and 7, as well as in statute: Title 12, §6671: Municipal shellfish conservation programs.