Shellfish Harvesting


Applicants for all shellfish permits must be town residents for one year, over the age of 16, and have valid current New York State Shellfish diggers permits. Persons applying for a Commercial Mussel Permit must relinquish their town Commercial Hard Clam Permit if previously issued. Commercial fees are $250 for clams and $50 for mussels. Commercial clam and mussel harvesters are limited to six bushels a day in certified waters of the Town of Hempstead.

Non-commercial clam permit fees are $10 (no fees for senior citizens ages 60 and over) and non-commercial mussel permit fees are $10 ($2 for senior citizens). Non-commercial mussel harvesters are limited to 1/4 bushel a day from certified waters in the Town of Hempstead.

Further Information

To obtain a shellfish permit, you may contact the Department of Conservation and Waterways at 516-431-9200 (weekdays), or the Bay Constables at 516-801-5608 or 516-801-5609 (weekends).