It’s well-known that the town of Darien loves, and makes strong use of, its access to the water. Plenty of shoreline, and a number of private and public clubs and beach associations along that shoreline, provide a fun destination for families in the summer months. There also is, of course, the veritable armada of boats that belong to Darien residents. It’s safe to say that just about any activity that has to do with being in or around the water is a popular one in Darien. There is, however, an exception.
Shellfishing is an activity that, for whatever reason, is exceptionally unpopular in Darien. The State Department of Health issues about 40 shellfishing licenses to the area each year, with only 20 of those going to Darien and the other 20 going to Stamford. By comparison, Westport has about 1,000 licenses issued annually. The license costs just $20 for the year.