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Restore New York Shellfish

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Oyster seed.

Restore New York Shellfish is a new program to maximize local shellfish production on Long Island and New York City, and to establish new restoration sites in strategic embayments. This effort will build upon the existing, robust private and commercial shellfish industry.

This ambitious effort will:

  • help improve water quality,
  • restore shellfish populations and biodiversity, and
  • create new jobs and educational opportunities for more resilient coastal communities.

In order to attain these goals, new and enhanced hatcheries and shellfish restoration sites will need to be developed. To assist applicants in getting permits for these activities, as well as for existing private and commercial producers, DEC has established a one stop shop to streamline permitting. A Shellfish Ombudsman will be located in the Region 1 (Stony Brook) Environmental Permits office. They can be reached at 631-380-3311. Below are links to the types of permits we anticipate you will need.

Oysters in a colander and culling table
Various sized oysters on a culling table.

To start you will need:

Depending on the specifics of your project you may also need permits from:

  • NYSDEC Division of Environmental Permits,
  • NYS Department of State,
  • Army Corps of Engineers,
  • the Town of Municipality where your project takes place.

More about Restore New York Shellfish:

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