Recreational Shellfishing in Branford
(203) 315-3909 for current information.
available from the Town Clerk's office or from a
Permits must be
carried on the person when shellfishing.
required for any person age 16 or older taking
Permits may not be
loaned, resold, or transferred to any other
Permits are valid
for the calendar year they are purchased.
Fees are as
License holders are
restricted to the following size and daily limits:
2 inches on
2 inches on
3 inches on
3 inches on
* 1/2 bushel
is equivalent to a 5-gallon pail filled not more than 2
inches from the top
** Oysters must
be culled on the bed.
*** Round Clams
may not pass through 1 1-1/2 inch ring in any
No shellfishing is
allowed between sunset and sunrise.
See map for areas
presently open. Any other areas not included are closed.
Call (203) 315-3909 for information on openings and
closings of recreational shellfishing beds each day
before going. Additional information will be included on
the shellfishing number (315-3909) and published in
local news media as it becomes available.
All rivers and streams are permanently closes to
Property and Shellfish Beds
A shellfishing permit
allows fishing in designated public waters, but does not
grant the right to trespass on private property. It is
important for the fisherman to understand private and
public domains. Along the shoreline, private property
stops at the top of the mean high tide water mark while
land below this mark is the public domain. Entry to
public fishing areas must be made: 1) through public
land; 2) through private land with the owner’s
permission; or 3) by boat. No recreational shellfishing
is allowed in areas A, C, D and the Thimble Island
anchorage area, as they are privately leased or deeded
Individual areas are
subject to openings and closures following periods of
heavy rainfall, sewer system discharges and also
periodically to facilitate shellfish management. Call
(203) 315-3909 for up-to-date information.
A white OPEN sign or a
red CLOSED sign is posted at Limewood Beach.
Please respect the
rights of neighboring residents. Illegally parked
vehicles are subject to towing at the owner’s expense.
Shellfishing is easiest
in warm weather at low tide where clams and oyster can
frequently be picked by hand. A rake is helpful,
especially in deeper water and in colder seasons. Some
form of footwear is important, especially around
oysters. A basket or bucket with drain holes supported
by an inner tube or foam floatation is helpful for
holding the catch. Remember to observe the size limits
for each species.
Use of dredges is
shellfishing regulations in Branford is carried out by
multiple agencies including the Branford Shellfish
Commission, Branford Police Department, Connecticut
State Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Aquaculture,
and the Department of Environmental Protection. It is
the fisherman’s responsibility to abide by all state and
local regulations pertaining to shellfishing. Penalties
can be severe for possessing undersized shellfish or
exceeding the daily limit. The prudent fisherman will
have some method, such as a 1- ˝ inch diameter ring, for
measuring the catch.
Shellfishing Along the Coast of Connecticut
From the Connecticut Sea Grant Extension, Connecticut
Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Aquaculture
compiled by Tessa S. Getchis
guide to regulations, fees and illustrations of the
different shellfish available along the Connecticut
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