Be aware of beach pollution and biotoxin status before harvesting! Always check the DOH Shellfish Safety Map the morning of before going out to harvest. It contains the most up-to date information about shellfish harvesting closures. Please also review our information on shellfish and biotoxins to prevent poisoning related to ingesting affected shellfish.
Beaches closed for recreational shellfishing will also have signs posted on site for public education of health hazards. Not all species are restricted at all times, so become familiar with different species to be able to identify species that are safe for harvest.
Tides are tracked for public safety and convenience. Be sure to check for low tide before gathering shellfish, which is the best time to harvest.
Recreational Shellfish Harvesting Contacts and Links
Hot weather is in the forecast. If you are planning to harvest shellfish, take precautions to prevent illness and follow the “3 Cs” of shellfish safety. Always CHECK before you dig, CHILL right away & COOK thoroughly! For more tips