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Aquaculture Permits

Marine Hatchery Permit

On/Off-Bottom Culture Permit

Marine Hatchery Permit

Allows permit holder to possess, raise and breed marine plant and animal life, including but not limited to shellfish, lobster, crab, shrimp and food fish in a shore-based facility. Also allows permit holder to sell hatchery products of less than legal size or legal size to persons or entities holding valid permits to culture these products further elsewhere, and to individual or commercial markets for consumption or resale subject to department rules and regulations.

License Details

Fee
  • Residents: $100
  • Non-residents: $100
Age Requirement

Applicants 16 years old or under must have application signed and notarized by parent or legal guardian.

Permit Duration

Permit expires December 31 each year.

How to Apply

Residents and Non-residents
  • Complete application (request application from Shellfish Management Unit)
  • Submit application to the Shellfish Management Unit at the address below

Renewing & Reporting

Permit Renewal

A renewal form will be sent by mail prior to the permit expiration date. If a license renewal form is not received at least two-weeks prior to the expiration date, please contact us at the address or number below.

Reporting

Permit holder must maintain complete and accurate records of all shellfish transactions.

On/Off-Bottom Culture Permit

Allows permit holder to purchase and possess, from within or without the state, marine plant and animal life authorized by the permit, including but not limited to shellfish, lobster, crab, shrimp, and fish, of legal and less than legal size for purposes of on-bottom and off-bottom culture only. The permit holder is also authorized to sell such marine animal and plant life of legal and less than legal size, to individual or commercial markets for consumption or resale, subject to department rules and regulations. In addition to department approval of the permit application, the permit can only be issued to applicants who can demonstrate they have obtained any other necessary permits or licenses required under any state or federal law, and the written authorization of the person or political subdivision having title or legal control of the underwater lands on or above which such on-bottom culture shall take place.

Permit Details

Fee
  • Residents: $100
  • Non-residents: $100
Age Requirement

None, though related or similar permits may have an age requirement.

Permit Duration

Permit expires December 31 each year.

How to Apply

Residents & Non-residents
  • Complete application (request application from Shellfish Management Unit)
  • Submit application to Shellfish Management Unit at address below

Renewing & Reporting

Permit Renewal

A renewal form will be sent by mail prior to the permit expiration date. If a permit renewal form is not received at least two-weeks prior to the expiration date, please contact us at the address or number below.

Reporting

Permit holder must maintain complete and accurate records of all on/off-bottom culture activities and cultured product transactions, and will be required to report such activities and transactions to the department on a monthly basis.

Laws & Regulations

New York Codes Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)

Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)

Contact Information

Shellfish Management Unit - Division of Marine Resources
205 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, New York 11733
Phone: 631-444-0481
Email: fw.marine@dec.ny.gov


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    Division of Marine Resources
    205 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 1
    East Setauket, NY 11733
    631-444-0481
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