Recreational harvest of various types of shellfish is an activity enjoyed by many New Hampshire residents. State licenses are required to harvest softshell clam and oysters; other shellfish may have certain restrictions on taking, but require no license. Softshell clams are dug from flats at or near low tide. For advice on proper clam digging techniques, see Digging for Clams. Oysters are brought up from their shallow beds using tongs or simply picked up by hand. For season, limit and take requirements for shellfish, see Shellfish.
Clam Flat Hotline
For the latest information on closed and open shellfishing areas, call Fish and Game’s Clam Flat Hotline at 1-800-43-CLAMS. The hotline is updated weekly on Friday afternoons, but harvesters should check back frequently for unscheduled updates. Information is also posted at www.FishNH.com.
Did You Know?
Only New Hampshire residents are allowed to purchase licenses for the taking of clams and oysters.
Great Bay Shellfish Open/Closed Areas
NH Coast Shellfish Open/Closed Areas
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