Welcome to family scalloping season! Locals and visitors get a head start every October before the commercial season starts on November 1. Want to participate this year?
Get a shellfish permit button.
Before heading out to the harbor, you must obtain a Shellfish Permit Button from the Town of Nantucket. Off-island residents can apply for a one-week permit for $50 or a one-year permit for $125.
Get your gear.
Waders & Gloves
You may choose to get polyester or neoprene waders. Both will keep you dry and warm while shellfishing. For safety purposes, it’s always recommended to wear belted waders. During scallop season, we recommend lined gloves for warmth and protection.
Push Rake & Basket
Raking is a great way to dig up scallops and stay upright above the water. Get a bushel basket in an inner tube and bring an extra string to tie it to your waist so it floats behind you.
Head out for a day of scalloping.
With a boat, you can head over to Coatue and fish in the bends. By car or on foot, head to any harbor access point just before low tide and try your luck: Monomoy, Fulling Mill, Pocomo, and Polpis.
Book your fall scalloping getaway at Greydon House. On our website, you’ll always find the best available rate to reserve your next stay.