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Shellfish Dealer

Certification as a Shellfish Dealer

Certification as a shellfish dealer is required to conduct processing of bivalve shellfish.  Bivalve shellfish include oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops, which may be live (shellstock), shucked, frozen, in-shell product, etc. (except shucked scallops consisting of the adductor muscle only, which do not require a shellfish dealer certification).  Here, “processing” of bivalve shellfish includes but is not limited to the following activities:

  • Receiving shellfish from harvesters/aquaculturists/growers
  • Wholesaling shellfish
  • Shucking and packing shellfish
  • Repacking shucked shellfish into containers other than the original container
  • Wet storage of shellfish
  • Depuration of shellfish

More Information:

Department: DNREC

Division: Watershed Stewardship

Program:  Shellfish & Recreational Water Program


1 Year, renewed each April 1



Application Information:

Shellfish Plant Inspections

Applicable Laws:

Applicable Regulation:


Andrew Bell can be contacted by email at or by phone at 302-739-9939.


This search covers most of the frequently requested licenses, certifications, registrations, and filings that the State of Delaware requires. However, this is not a fully exhaustive list of every possible requirement. Please consult with the appropriate state agencies to find out if there are additional requirements you must fulfill.

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