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About the Shellfish Commission

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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

Duties Include:

  • 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.