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Fall Scalloping Season in Nantucket
September 10, 2022
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The best time to visit Nantucket is during the Fall season. The beaches are calm, the town is quiet and temperatures range between 55 and 65 degrees. Also, you get to indulge in scalloping and eat as much shellfish as you like.

The season officially begins on October 1st and ends on March 31st. During this period, you can scallop from Wednesday to Sunday.

What do You Need?

The following equipment will come in handy

  • A push rake
  • Warm clothes
  • A clam basket
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Belted waders.

You can either purchase your own or rent them at the local marine stores. Among the most popular stores is the Tidal Creeks Ship Store, located at 32 Washington Street.

Additional Requirements

Nantucket bay scallops are unique to the island, and you can catch yours, provided you have a license from the Nantucket Public Safety Building. Here are the charges.

  • Resident annual fees – $35 (free for those above 60)
  • Non-resident annual fees – $125
  • Non-resident weekly fees – $50

You are also required to always display your shellfishing button when scalloping.

To keep the shellfish, it is a requirement that you only go for those that are well-raised with a defined annual growth line on their shell.

What Makes Nantucket Scallops Special?

The bay scallops in Nantucket are among the best globally, thanks to their rich flavor. They are incredibly delicious when sauteed in salt and butter for some minutes.

Nantucket Island always strives to have the best-quality scallops through:

  • Seasonal limitations
  • Daily harvest limits
  • Strict local waterway management
  • Catch regulations.

Other Things You Can Enjoy During Fall

1. Dining in Local Restaurants

A shorter waiting time at Nantucket restaurants indicates that most tourists have left. It is hard to make reservations in these restaurants during peak seasons. It also becomes hard to get a spot along the water. It is advisable to maximize the smaller crowds to dine in the leading hotels on the island.

2. Off-Season Sales

Many sales take place in Nantucket during this time of the year. Local stores use these sales to clear summer inventories before winter arrives.

This is the best time to replenish your wardrobe and buy other things you may need.

It will also help to look out for the local restaurant’s deals.

3. Fall Holidays

Few locations can match fall celebrations in Nantucket. It is possible to travel here for Halloween or stuff a turkey for thanksgiving. These holidays give you a chance to celebrate with friends and indulge in engaging leisure activities.

4. Scuba Diving

There is a whole month of scuba diving before boats get in the water on November 1st. If you are daring enough, you can explore shark diving, where you safely interact with sharks in their natural environment.

 Final Thoughts

Nantucket bay scallops are among the best globally. They have a rich taste that pulls in people who cherish seafood.

Besides scalloping, you can also participate in other Nantucket activities to make your fall experience on the island memorable.