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Fall Scalloping Season in Nantucket

In October, long after our summer visitors have returned to the mainland, we enjoy the harvests that make Nantucket unique and special.

The family scalloping season begins on October 1st, the 2017 and runs until March 31, 2018. Recreational scallopers can take scallops Wednesday through Sunday.

scalloping nantucket


Permits can be obtained from the Harbormaster’s office at 34 Washington Street. Equipment can be found at the local marine stores.

    For scalloping Nantucket, you will need the following equipment:

  • Waders or a wet suit
  • A push rake
  • A clam basket tied to an inner tube to keep it afloat in the water
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Warm clothes

nantucket scalloping

Scalloping Nantucket


At low tide we begin the pilgrimage to various Nantucket harbor locations. Every year the crop is different but Madaket and Monomoy are the most popular spots. We have a full month of push raking, snorkeling and scuba diving before the commercial boats get out on the water.

Bay scallops come in all sizes but keep in mind that in order to keep the scallops you “catch” they must have a well defined raised annual growth line on the shell. The sweet and tasty Nantucket Bay Scallop is a delicacy and nothing likes its cousin the sea scallop. If you have a chance to eat them you will see why. Nantucket Bay Scallops are just exquisitely delicious sauteed in butter for a couple of minutes but don’t crowd them in the pan! You can explore the Nantucket Bay Scallop website for information on scalloping and delicious recipes.

nantucket scalloping


Judy Waters

Judy’s interest in real estate began in the early 1970’s when she worked for a small real estate team in creating one of the first planned unit developments in Massachusetts. She obtained her MA broker’s license in 1979, and was affiliated full-time with residential real estate companies both west and south of Boston. She has been successful in handling a wide variety of residential and commercial sales on Nantucket and is known as a knowledgeable and thorough broker who prides herself on attention to detail and staying involved with the transaction until it is complete. She earned the ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative) designation in 2006, the SRS (Seller Representative Specialist designation) in 2008, and the SFR (Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource designation) in 2010. Judy truly embodies Fisher’s ethos of strong personal relationships and has an incredible wealth of connections she loves utilizing on behalf of her clients.

Judy and her husband, Quint Waters, have been year-round residents of Nantucket since 1996. She is a loyal supporter of Hospice Care of Nantucket Foundation, The Nantucket Artist’s Association, Landmark House, Nantucket Ice, the Nantucket Wine Festival and the Nantucket Angler’s Club. As a family, Judy and Quint thoroughly enjoy the natural beauty of the island and express their appreciation through gardening, fishing, clamming, scalloping and photography.