Shellfish Licenses

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FOR THE 2020 YEAR ONLY - SEE THESE NEW RULES - SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITH CURRENT COVID 19 SITUATION 

Commercial Licenses

The established dates and deadlines for commercial harvesters will remain in place.

Since the Town Hall is closed to the public until at least April 9th (most likely expanded to May 1st), the following rules apply to:

  Due to the undetermined time frame of the town hall closure, harvesters must pay for their commercial licenses over the phone with clerk staff , during regular business hours, with either a credit or debit card (2.5 % non refundable processing fee applies).  (Only If you do not have a credit card or access to one to use, call the office for other arrangements). Staff will then mail out the license via USPS. 

When the office reopens to the public, a harvester can pay at town hall. The status of the Town Hall is posted on the Homepage.

 In light of the current economic circumstances, if they so choose, harvesters will be permitted to pay for ½ of the license fee by the statutory deadline and pay the balance by June 15, 2020.  If the harvester fails to pay the balance by this date (6/15/20), his or her license will be revoked for the remainder of the licensing year. 

The shellfish lottery for remaining license will be held on Friday, April 24 at 9:00 am. Since town hall is closed, it will be televised live. Here is the link to the site http://tv3hd.brunswickme.org/CablecastPublicSite/watch/1?channel=1 

Please call town clerk’s office for results at 207(725-6658) if you are unable to watch or need to confirm your place on the list.

 Deadlines for 2020 Commercial Licenses  

Student Licenses

The process for the 2020 season is provided in the Policy. Applications can be filed beginning Friday, April 3 and are due by close of business (3 p.m.)  Friday, May 1st.  Any questions should be directed to smithfm@brunswickme.org

Policy for Student Licenses(Includes Deadlines)

 Student Resident Application       Student Non-Resident Application

2019/20 Student Log of Harvesting      2019/20 Student Form Proof of Attending Marine Resources Meeting

 New Student Education Requirement Sign off    

2020/21 Harvesting Log       

2020/21 Harvesting Dates

If needed, the student shellfish lottery will be held on Friday, May 8th at 2:30 p.m.  To ensure safety of students who will not be in school, it will be televised live. Here is the link to the site http://tv3hd.brunswickme.org/CablecastPublicSite/watch/1?channel=1 

Please call town clerk’s office for results at 207(725-6658) if you are unable to watch or need to confirm your place on the list.

Recreational Licenses

Beginning Monday, April 6th - 

If you are a resident or Brunswick property owner, you can print out the application, complete and mail, along with proof of ID and residency to the Town Clerk’s Office, include payment if applicable.  Click for Application

NON RESIDENTS - Must call the Town Clerk’s Office, starting at 8:30 am on Monday, April 6th. The eligibility list will be determined by first come first serve based on incoming calls being picked up.  You will be contacted when your name is up on the list and you can apply by mail. Click for Application 

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PLEASE NOTE: THE INFORMATION BELOW IS GENERAL INFORMATION AND PLEASE REFER TO ABOVE FOR SPECIFICS FOR 2020

The Town of Brunswick issues both commercial and recreational shellfish licenses to Brunswick residents and non-residents. View the Brunswick Shellfish Ordinance.

Recreational Licenses

Recreational Shellfish Licenses are available to residents and nonresidents. The license is good for a one-year period beginning the first Monday in April. The resident license cost is $50, but free for those 62 years of age and older. The cost for a non-resident shellfish license is $75, but free for those 62 years of age and older.

Applicants must appear in person to fill out an application. Note that the number of available licenses is set annually; non-resident licenses are issued at a rate of one for every ten sold to residents, and the non-resident must get on a waiting list by applying in person at the Town Clerk’s office.

Commercial Licenses

Commercial Licenses require a Letter of Intent Application; for more information on the commercial license process, please contact our office at 207-725-6658.  

Deadlines for 2020 Commercial Licenses

Student Licenses

This license allows the licensee to harvest shellfish from June 15 to September 1 and throughout the remainder of the license year during weekends and holidays where and when it is otherwise lawful to do so.