Shellfish Committee


ALL shellfish digging on Westport Island requires a valid license issued by the Town.  Fees collected through the license program will be used for seeding and other operations necessary to maintain and grow the shellfish population.

See the Westport Island Shellfish Conservation Ordinance for complete information governing recreational and commercial licenses.

To keep current on areas open to shellfish digging, you may consult the following sources (Westport Island is covered in Areas 21-B, 21-C, 21-D and 21-E):

What we Do

The Shellfish Conservation program for the Town of Westport Island is administered by the Shellfish Conservation Committee.  Five members and two alternates are appointed by the Select Board for a

term of one to five years.  The Committee's responsibilities include:

  • Working annually with the Department of Marine Resources to establish the number of shellfish licenses to be issued;
  • Reviewing the status of shellfish resources and working with the Department of Marine Resources to implement a plan of conservation measures;
  • Proposing expenditures to the Board of Selectman for shellfish conservation;
  • Ensuring that the Shellfish Conservation Ordinance stays current;
  • Maintaining records of shellfish harvesting on Westport Island;
  • Recommending conservation closures and openings to the Selectmen in conjunction with Area Biologists from the Department of Marine Resources; and
  • Submitting an annual report of license sales and committee activities to the Department of Marine Resources.

Contact Us

For questions or more information, you may contact Committee Chair Lincoln Richardson, 882-9615, or contact the Town Clerk.


Name Position Term Expires Phone
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Chair & Warden 2026 (207) 882-9615
Adam Webber Vice Chair & Warden 2022  
Bailey Bartlett Member 2026  
Nicholas Pagon Member 2024  
Neil Stanton Member 2023  
Julie Casson Alternate #1 & Warden 2022  
George "Chuck" Richardson, III Alternate #2 2022