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Maine Shellfish Management Program

The Municipal Shellfish Program is administered by the DMR Bureau of Public Health.

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Mission of the 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.

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Staff Contact Information

  • Mailing address:
    Municipal Shellfish Program, DMR
    P.O. Box 8
    West Boothbay Harbor, ME  04575-0008
  • Select the name of the Area Biologist below to find their E-mail address and other contact information:

Town Shellfish Warden Application and Training

Town Shellfish Ordinances and Intertidal Management Plans 

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

News & Meetings (as of January 6, 2015)

pidock clam • A few commercial harvesters have found a clam in West Bath that looks similar to a soft-shell clam but definitely is not. A bivalve with thin white shells about 2" in length and a slightly tapered siphon about 5" long when extended, this clam is an Atlantic Mud-piddock (Barnea truncata). Also known as a Fallen Angel Wing or Truncate Borer, this clam is more common in New York and New Jersey. A boring clam related to the False Angel Wing, its normal habitat is within peat or clay. Its occurrence may be signaling a seawater warming trend; diggers are also reporting seeing more quahogs, which prefer warmer waters.


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.