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ENB - Region 1 Notices 2/9/2011

Public Notice

Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is reviewing the application of Montauk Shellfish Company, Inc., represented by Michael Doall of Rocky Point, New York, to obtain an Off Bottom Culture Permit, including a Temporary Marine Area Use Assignment, which would allow the deployment of shellfish culture gear and the operation of shellfish grow out activities on public underwater lands approximately 0.40 miles from shore in Block Island Sound in the Town of East Hampton. The proposed Off Bottom Culture/Assignment site is a circular parcel approximately five acres in area, with a radius of 250 feet extending from a center point located at 41° 04' 39.78" North Latitude and 71° 57' 03.96" West Longitude. The proposed off bottom culture activities would involve the deployment of up to 60 cages each measuring 63 inches long x 36 inches wide x 27 inches high and containing up to 12 shellfish bags per cage, at a depth of no less than 18 feet from mean low water. The shellfish species to be contained shall be Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica). There are no existing Temporary Marine Area Use Assignments in the vicinity of the proposed Off Bottom Culture/Assignment site. Initial review of the subject application does not identify any adverse or unreasonable effects on the viability, maintenance or use of local marine resources.

Public Comment: The subject application may be reviewed at the address given below, and specific comments on the requested permit, including the proposed Temporary Marine Area Use Assignment, or a request to become a party in interest if a public hearing is held, must be submitted in writing to the contact person named below no later than March 11, 2011. NYS DEC as lead agency has made an initial determination that this action will not have a significant effect on the environment. All correspondence should reference Application No. OBC A 01 11.

Contact: Wade E. Carden, NYSDEC - Region 1 Marine Resources Headquarters, Bureau of Marine Resources - Shellfisheries, 205 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 1, East Setauket, NY 11733-3400.

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