About the Shellfish Commission
# of Members:
Party Balance Required?:
Five Years (Two Term Limit)
Board of Selectmen
Town Code - Chapter 39
The Shellfish Commission protects shellfish habitat and helps increase shellfishing opportunities in Fairfield waters in accordance with the Fairfield Shellfish Management Plan.
Powers & Duties
- Maintaining charge of all shellfish grounds in Fairfield not under the jurisdiction of others.
- Designating suitable places for planting or cultivating oysters, clams or mussels.
- Issuing licenses for the taking of shellfish, fixing fees, designating the quantities, sizes, and methods of shellfish that can be taken and how they can be taken.
- Ensuring all money collected shall be paid to the commission to be used for protection and propagation of the shellfish under its control.
- Preparing and updating a shellfish management plan to submit to the Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture.
- Reviewing and commenting on applications concerning the impacts of proposed docks, piers, dredging and filling on shellfish habitat and on access to the shellfish. Habitats and access are a concern because they provide the basis for replenishing shellfish beds.
Duties May Include:
- Prohibiting the taking of shellfish from certain designated areas for period not to exceed one year.