Notice of Opened Shellfish Areas

In accordance with Chapter 130, Section 74A of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Division of Marine Fisheries has re-examined the waters of the below defined “CONDITIONALLY APPROVED ” shellfish growing area in Cotuit Bay (SC:21.4), in the Town of Barnstable, and in the “CLOSED” status based on NSSP Mooring Area criteria. As a result of this examination, the Division has determined that the below defined area now meets the established criteria for the harvest of shellfish and has changed the status to “OPEN TO SHELLFISHING” as of sunrise on October 1, 2021.

Under authority of 322 CMR 7.01(7) all permits issued thereunder are hereby conditioned to prohibit the taking, selling or possession of shellfish from the below defined area.


SEASONAL STATUS CHANGE Status: Open to Shellfishing [October 1-May 15]
[All Dates inclusive]

Cotuit Oyster Company Mooring Area

“The waters and flats of Cotuit Bay, in the Town of Barnstable, east of a line drawn from

the sign on Handy Point extending northeast to the eastern end of the pier at #551 Old

Post Road, continuing south of a line drawn southeast to the Town Buoy at

(41 degrees 37’28.42N, 70 degrees 25’15.74W), continuing west of a line drawn to the Town Buoy at

(41 degrees 37’21.83N, 70 degrees 25’21.07W) and north of the line continuing to the sign at Handy

Point.” The status of above Conditionally Approved area, SC:21.4, shall automatically revert to “CLOSED TO SHELLFISHING” on May 16, 2022 unless the Division changes the status prior to said date.