April 1, 2019 – Town of Clinton Connecticut, Shellfish Commission
We realize it’s April 1st, but this is not an April Fools’ Day prank. After a 35 year ban imposed by the State, recreational shellfishing has returned to the Town of Clinton. Anyone with a valid Clinton Shellfishing license, following the rules set forth by the Shellfish Commission, may now gather shellfish in the Conditionally Approved Area in Clinton’s Outer Harbor (see map below).
Wayne Church, Shellfish Commission Chairman said, “It has taken nearly 14 years of effort by a dedicated group of volunteers to achieve this goal of bringing recreational shellfishing back to Clinton. Everyone involved deserves a big pat on the back.” Current Commission members are; Steven Baird, Kimberly Colegrove, Edward Eadie, Thomas Riccio, Al Walker, and Jonathon Wolfer. Many Clinton citizens have served on the Commission through the years, and also deserve thanks for making this happen.
Anyone wishing to try their hand at shellfishing can buy licenses at the Clerk’s Office at Town Hall or from a Commission member. ID required for Resident/Senior/Military discounts. Pricing and season dates are as follows:
Clinton Resident – $25.00
Clinton Resident Senior (65+) or Military (Active or Retired) – $15.00
Non-Resident – $75.00
Non-Resident Senior (65+) or Military (Active or Retired) – $65.00
Non-Resident Daily – $25.00
Initially, the open season will be Jan 1 to April 30, and Dec 1 to 31. This is a necessary step in proving to the State that we are deserving of this responsibility. As we continue to collect and deliver more frequent meat and water samples to the State for testing, they will develop a better understanding of our seasonal water quality. In the future, this data may allow the State to extend our recreational season, or allow us to add a second area.
All moneys raised by the Commission for licenses are set aside exclusively for the Commission to use in supporting shellfishing programs in Clinton. Reseeding the recreational beds with additional clams, and monitoring the take, will ensure there are enough to be found by all.
Significant rain or pollution events may cause the Conditionally Approved Areas to close. Obey the posted Open/Closed signs, and call 860-664-6444 for the latest Open/Closed status.