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Commissioner: Roger Bowgen
Shellfish Hotline: 203-622-7777

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Update CT Shellfish Closure and Recall For State Authorities, FDA, and ISSC Update 08/06/13
Effective 08/02/13 at 2:15 pm, a shellfish closure and recall of CT shellfish was implemented. Oysters and clams harvested from a single growing area comprised of specific lot numbers in Norwalk and Westport have been implicated as the source of a number of illnesses related to the naturally occurring bacteria Vibrio parahaemolyticus... Read More
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Recreational Shellfish Harvesting and Vibrio 2013 Update
A number of states, including New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, faced illness outbreaks related to shellfish consumption during the summer of 2012. These outbreaks were caused by elevated levels of the naturally occurring bacteria Vibrio parahaemolyticus in shellfish. This marine bacterium occurs naturally in brackish and ... Read More
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Vibrio Control Plans Protect Public and Shellfish Industry
Vibrio Control Plans Protect Public and Shellfish Industry
(HARTFORD, CONN.) - Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky, Connecticut Department of Agriculture, announced today that the state’s Bureau of Aquaculture is implementing plans to prevent consumer illness stemming from a naturally-occurring bacteria, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, that could infect shellfish farmed in warmer waters. ... Read more
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Coastal Resources Advisory Committee Established
February 17, 2009: First Selectman Peter J. Tesei has announced the formation of the First Selectman's Coastal Resources Advisory Committee, which has been formed for ... Read more
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Shellfish Permit Information
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Shellfish Bed Status
For Shellfish bed closure information, please click here.
GENERAL INFORMATION:
Department ImageThe Greenwich Shellfish Commission provides recreational shellfishing for the inhabitants of Greenwich by overseeing the resource that consists of hard and soft-shell clams, razor clams, mussels, oysters and slipper shells. Greenwich Cove and the Captain's Islands currently hold all the beds that are available for harvest.

The commissioners are appointed by the Town of Greenwich Board of Selectmen.

The Commission was formed in 1986 to reopen the town's shellfish beds, which had been closed to recreational shellfishing since 1960. Working under the aegis of the Greenwich Health Department Director and the State Bureau of Aquaculture, the Commission was able to reopen the beds to the public in the Fall of 1991. Since 2002 the Commission has been farming the abundant supply of quahogs in Greenwich Cove to improve the habitat for smaller, table-size hard-shell clams. the quahogs that are removed by this activity are sold to Nature Conservancy in other communities for breeding and experimental purposes.

In 2003 the Commission planted two million half-inch, disease-resistant, Blue Point oysters in the Cove in order to replenish the oyster population decimated in 1997 by two oyster diseases not harmful to humans, MSX and Dermo.

The Shellfish Coordinator samples water quality in and around the Cove and islands regularly at about 30 stations. The samples are taken to the State Bureau of Aquaculture in Milford for analysis. The on-shore beds are open from mid-October to mid-May, the offshore beds are open year-round. Shellfishing is monitored regularly by 25 volunteer wardens.

The Commission also works with local schools to promote aquaculture by providing support for studies to increase our knowledge of the resource.

Commission Member List

Shellfishing Season
Various beds are open from mid-October through May. Check the bed status to make sure the beds are open.

Services
· Shellfish Regulations
· Shellfish Beds Map
· Shellfish Bed Status
· Greenwich Weather
· Shellfish Commission Meetings
· Commission Membership
· Local Tide Tables
· Clamming Tips
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