Division of Marine Fisheries Shellfish Purification Plant

Newburyport Shellfish Purification Plant
84 82nd Street, Newburyport, MA 01950

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This laboratory focuses on the depuration of soft-shell clams. Biologists here also perform water and shellfish tests related to the depuration process.


Variable schedule due to tides and rainfall. Please call for current daily hours.

Monday - Friday: 8:45 am-4:45 pm


Parking is available at the Plum Island Point parking lot.

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This office has a variable schedule due to tides and rainfall. Please call for current daily hours.

We do not issue permits at this office.


From US95 (north or south), use Exit 57. At the top of the ramp take MA-113 East/Storey Ave toward Newburyport. Continue on MA-113 East/High Street/MA-1A approximately 3.9 miles through Newburyport into Newbury. Go past the Newbury Town Hall to the next full set of stop lights. Turn left onto Rolf's Lane. At the end of Rolf's Lane/Ocean Ave, turn right onto the Plum Island Turnpike. Continue to follow Plum Island Turnpike for approximately 2 miles. Once onto Plum Island continue straight past Surfland Bait & Tackle and follow Nothern Boulevard to the left for approximately 1.2 miles. At the lighthouse, go right, into a large parking lot. The Shellfish Purification Plant (shingled with white trim) is on the left. The Division of Marine Fisheries sign is on the building over the loading dock.


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