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HAVE GUESTS OR FRIENDS INTERESTED IN COMING TO THE BEACH?  HERE'S A LIST OF FREQUENTLY ASKED AND OFTEN INNOCENT QUESTIONS YOU CAN SHARE WITH THEM
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CAN I JUST DRIVE THROUGH?

This small private community is very wary of uninvited and curious guests.  If you are 'looking around' you may appear to be suspicious and could be reported for trespassing.  If a crime is committed during the time that you are driving through it could create unexpected interest from local authorities.  

CAN I FISH AND GO CLAMMING?


Unlike many beaches Gurnet and Saquish homeowners own all the beach below the high tide mark.  When you visit and park in a little corner where 'you're not bothering anyone' someone still owns and pays taxes on that property.  You're likely trespassing.  Fishing and clamming require licenses and can be obtained from various government agencies.  But Gurnet and Saquish are not part of Duxbury so no Duxbury passes, permits or licenses are valid and Plymouth permits apply if you are a resident.  Gurnet Saquish is private property.    

CAN I KAYAK OR COME ASHORE IF I STAY ON THE BEACH?


They may not look like front and back yards but that's exactly what the beaches on Gurnet and Saquish are to the owners that live here.  Taxes are high and owners pay dearly for the privilege of not having to look at uninvited boaters coming ashore to eat and too often 'relieve' themselves.  It's unpleasant, unsanitary and annoying to have to ask people who don't know that Gurnet and Saquish is virtually entirely private property.  Please respect the people and wildlife that live here.
 

I HAVE A DUXBURY OR PLYMOUTH BEACH STICKER ALREADY

No town sticker allows visitors access to Gurnet and Saquish.  This is a private community with private property.  You must have permission from a resident to visit the community or risk fines for trespassing.

 









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PLYMOUTH TRANSFER STATION


Residents can purchase transfer station access and recycle-only stickers online.  A discount of $10 is automatically applied to those who purchase transfer station passes online prior to July 1, 2012.  The special price is $176. The special price for seniors and handicapped customers is $131.  The special price is restricted to those who purchased a pass last year and are in the transfer station database.  Online purchases can be made by selecting the button at left or by visiting  www.plymouth-ma.gov  using a checking account, Mastercard or Discover.

Currently standard beach, 4x4 and first vehicle transfer station sales can be conducted on-line.  Stickers can be purchased at Town Hall Monday, Wednesday and Thursday between 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Tuesdays between 7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.   PLYMOUTH BEACH STICKERS ARE NOT HONORED ON GURNET AND SAQUISH.  GURNET AND SAQUISH IS PRIVATE PROPERTY FOR RESIDENTS AND THEIR GUESTS ONLY.

LICENSES & PERMITS

The Gurnet Saquish.com Licenses and Permits page is a one stop shop for in state and out of state residents and guests to obtain the proper licensing necessary to improve septic systems, build or improve coastal erosion protective measures, drive a vehicle, operate a watercraft, fish, lobster and harvest shellfish legally in Duxbury and Plymouth Massachusetts.  Why wait in line when you can do it online? 



PRIVATE PROPERTY EXTENDS TO THE LOW WATER MARK ON GURNET AND SAQUISH.  NO CLAMMING OR PARKING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY.

Visitors to Gurnet and Saquish are not allowed to clam on private property.  If you are not a resident and your are clamming on Gurnet and Saquish even if you have the appropriate permit you may be trespassing.  Harvesting soft shell clams, (steamers), quahogs, sea clams, razor clams and mussels, is regulated by the Harbormasters for the towns of Plymouth, Duxbury and Marshfield.   Select the buttons below to access each harbor master's office.  

When red tides occur poisonous toxins are released into the water which are ingested by marine life.  When humans eat poisoned marine life, especially shellfish, they can become very ill.  The Department of Marine Fisheries closes shellfish beds when these tides occur and posts the closed beds
HERE.  


SALTWATER FISHING LICENSE
03-28-2012

Massachusetts Anglers are no longer required to register with the National Registry.  You only need the MA Recreational Saltwater Fishing Permit.  To purchase online select the image at left.  To Purchase by Phone Call: 1-866-703-1925.  Available by phone Mon-Sun, 5am to 5pm. *Please have credit card information ready.



PLYMOUTH SHELLFISH PERMIT/REGULATIONS

GURNET SAQUISH closed to clamming May through August except for Sea Clams.  Open to residents and their guests September through April.  Resident permits though Plymouth Harbormaster at $50/year.  Non residents through Town of Plymouth at $125/year.  Plymouth shellfish permit holders may harvest up to 24 sea clams seven days per week throughout the year.  The taking of soft shell clams, quahogs, razor clams and mussels during April, May, September and October is permitted only two days per week on Wednesdays and Saturdays after sunrise and before sunset.  Children 14 and under can dig for free in the presence of a permit holder.  The limit for daily harvest is six quarts including children 14 and under.  Select the SEAL button to open and view official town regulations.  For more information visit the LICENSES & PERMITS page.


DUXBURY SHELLFISH PERMIT/REGULATIONS

Shellfish permits are managed by the Duxbury Harbormaster and are not the same as Plymouth regulations.  Select the SEAL button at left or the link above to open and view Duxbury Shellfish Regulations.  These regulations may change and may not be current.  Be sure to contact the Harbormasters office for more information.  PH (781) 934-2866  dbeers@duxburyharbormaster.org  Find additional Town of Duxbury contact information on the LOCAL GOVERNMENT page.  For more information visit the LICENSES & PERMITS page.




DUXBURY BEACH NON-RESIDENT OVERSAND BEACH STICKER


Select the button or link above to order and pay for your non resident oversand Duxbury Beach sticker online.  This sticker does not gain access to the privately owned Gurnet and Saquish community.  You must be a resident or invited guest to avoid being charged with trespassing.  The 2011 price for the Duxbury Beach non resident sticker is $255 per sticker with only one sticker per household.  Other restrictions apply.  For more information: 
PH(781) 934-1100  connolly@town.duxbury.ma.us

NON COMMERCIAL LOBSTER PERMIT
 
Lobster permits are required for anyone to take live lobsters from the ocean.  If you are an experienced lobster (person) select this button for a non commercial lobster permit.  If you do not have a lobster permit we suggest visiting the Green Harbor Lobster Pound.  Check hours and find directions when you visit our SPONSORS PAGE.




COMMERCIAL LOBSTER PERMIT

Commercial lobster permits are not available for non residents.  Residents seeking a commercial license must apply in person at locations listed when you select the button at left.







MASS DEP

File online with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to make improvements to your property.  Select this button to create an account.  You don't need to complete the form when your register.  You can come back when it's convenient for you to complete the form(s).
 


TITLE 5

This button will take you directly to Title 5 Septic Systems Form page for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.  These are the forms you will need to fill out for any application regarding septic system improvements or changes to your home which include adding bedrooms.

Changes to real estate plumbing must adhere to Title 5 which states: 

"Title 5 of the State Environmental Code, 310 CMR 15.000, is a regulation that protects you and your community. Title 5 requires the proper siting, construction, and maintenance of all on-site wastewater disposal systems. On-site systems that are not properly located and maintained can contribute pathogens and nutrients to surface and ground waters, endangering drinking water supplies, wildlife habitat, and surface water bodies." 

It is governed by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.  Changes to real estate property must meet the guidelines set by the Massachusetts General Law for the Wetlands Protection Act.  In September of 2010 the Plymouth Wetlands Rules and Regulations were amended.  You can read them HERE.




CONSERVATION FORMS

This button will take you directly to the Town of Plymouth Conservation Forms.  You'll find a number of forms necessary to file applications for erosion control to protect your home.  Other pages including Conservation Commission contact information is available through other pages on this Town of Plymouth official web site.  



 

VEHICLE & TRAILER REGISTRATION

Click this button to register your vehicle and boat trailer with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.






BOAT REGISTRATION

Click this button to register your boat(s) with the Massachusetts Environmental Police.  This link will take you directly to the form to register your boat in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  You will also be able to register ATV's and snowmobiles from this link.








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