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Shellfish Harvester Education

RIDEM, RI Department of Health (RIDOH) and the National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP) are pleased to provide a new education and certification program for shellfish harvesters in Rhode Island. The goal of the program is to ensure shellfish harvesters deliver a safe product to shellfish dealers and, in turn, to shellfish consumers. The Program enables harvesters to meet the federal shellfish harvesters education and training requirements for Rhode Island.


Shellfish Harvesters are required to complete this self-guided tutorial in order to obtain certification for their RIDEM commercial shellfish harvester’s license or landing permit.

The certification requirement applies to all holders of commercial shellfish licenses, all holders of multipurpose licenses who harvest shellfish, and all holders of landing permits who land shellfish. The certification requirement applies to both license renewals and new licenses, beginning in 2018. All certificates are valid for 5 years, after which re-certification will be required.

LICENSE RENEWALS: All applicable 2018 license/permit renewals will be processed during the December 2017-February 2018 license renewal period, even if certification has not yet been obtained. However, all such holders of renewed licenses/permits must obtain their certification no later than April 6, 2018. Any applicable license/permit holder who fails to become certified by April 6, 2018 will be notified regarding the deficiency. Failure to comply by that date may result in license/permit suspension.

NEW LICENSES: All new shellfish license/permit applicants must obtain their certification prior to the issuance of the new license or permit.

For more detailed information on all requirements and exceptions pertaining to this program, see RIDEM’s Regulations Governing Education Certification for Commercial Shellfish Harvesters.

A separate education and training program, administered by the RI Coastal Resources Management Council, applies to the certification and licensing of all commercial shellfish aquaculturists in Rhode Island.

Questions? Call 401-222-4700, and ask for a member of the Office of Water Resource's Shellfish staff; or email us at:

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