Shellfish Harvesters and Dealers

The Shellfish Inspection and Licensing Program is responsible for ensuring that commercial processing of shellfish within New Hampshire is done in a safe and sanitary environment.

All commercial shellfish dealers must receive the Department of Public Health Services certification and be included on the Interstate Certified Shellfish Shippers List that is updated each month by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA).

The program is also responsible for certification and inspection of all aquaculturists and their vessels who harvest shellstock from New Hampshire waters for commercial sale.

Anyone who owns or operates a shellfish processing plant or vehicle for transporting shellfish in New Hampshire must obtain a shellfish certificate from Food Protection prior to operation. In order to be eligible to obtain a shellfish certificate, a person or corporation must meet the following requirements:

  • The shellfish processing plant or vehicle owned or operated by the prospective certificate holder must meet the requirements of New Hampshire Statutes He-P2150;
  • The prospective certificate holder must complete and submit an application to Food Protection for a shellfish certificate with appropriate fees;
  • The prospective certificate holder must develop, maintain and submit a completed Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plan for each type of shellfish that will be sold by the dealer; and,
  • If the shellfish processing plant or vehicle utilizes a private water system, a water test result within the last 30 days must be submitted.

Compliance Inspections

Food Protection will conduct an on-site inspection of the plant or vehicle, as well as the HACCP plan. If satisfied that the information regarding the applicant, the HACCP plan and the applicant's operation and facilities are in compliance with the New Hampshire Shellfish Sanitation Rules, a shellfish certificate will be issued, which will expire on December 31st of that year. Routine inspections will be conducted by Food Protection based on the type of certificate issued to the applicant, during which time the records of all shellfish transactions and the sanitation monitoring records will be reviewed.

Wet Storage Application

Individuals desiring to wet store shellstock (raw, in shell molluscan shellfish) must submit a Wet Storage Application to obtain a Wet Storage Permit from NH DHHS prior to moving product for wet storage.