Clam Flat Status ~ Call 1-800-43-CLAMS

Updated April 24, 2015. For more information and updates, call the Clam Flat Hotline at 1-800-43-CLAMS. Harvesters are advised to check the telephone hotline or visit the online NH Coastal Atlas for unscheduled updates. Please note that this web page is not updated on weekends or holidays. The next scheduled update for this web page will be May 1, 2015.

If an emergency closure of Little Bay and the Bellamy River is needed, the telephone hotline will be updated by 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Check out the NH Coastal Atlas: An easy, fast way to get information on shellfish harvest closures. This internet-based product gives you quick access to information on shellfish harvest opportunities and closures, beach swimming advisories, and coastal public access sites - on your PC or mobile device. Sign up to get text message or email notifications whenever new shellfish harvest information is posted! Visit the Atlas.

The Coastal Atlas will not replace the “1-800-43-CLAMS” telephone hotline, but the Atlas will have the most up-to-date information.

 

Hampton Harbor

Little Harbor

Great Bay

Little Bay

Bellamy
River

Atlantic Coast (nearshore)

Atlantic Coast (offshore)

Upper

Lower

Softshell Clam

Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Open (Sat. only)* Open (Sat. only)*

American Oyster

Closed* Closed* Closed Closed Closed Closed Open* Open*

Blue    Mussel

Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Open Open

Razor Clam

Closed* Closed* Closed Closed Closed Closed Open* Open*

Surf Clam, Mahogany Quahog

Closed* Closed* Closed Closed* Closed* Closed Open Open (bait only)

Weekly Closure Comments

Closed due to high bacteria levels on April 21, 2015. Little Harbor is closed for harvest of all species. Closed due to high bacteria levels on April 23, 2015. Closed due to high bacteria levels on April 23, 2015. Closed due to high bacteria levels from a sewage overflow during the week of April 6, 2015. None. Recreational harvest of surf clams and mahogany quahogs is limited to approved waters within 500 feet of the low tide line. Harvest of these species in the offshore area (seaward of the 500 line) is restricted to licensed bait harvesters.

* This species is either scarce or not present in the area indicated.

Clamming in NH
Photo courtesy of Chris Nash

CLAM FLAT HOTLINE: The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department maintains a toll-free number (1-800-43-CLAMS) residents may call to learn the status of the clam flats, oyster beds, and other shellfish harvesting areas.

Areas labeled as "open" are subject to temporary closures as a result of weather and other factors. Before you go shellfishing, always call the Clam Flat Hotline at 1-800-43-CLAMS to make sure your area is open.

Other shellfishing information:

 


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