DNREC to accept applications for Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture leases on a first-come, first-served basis

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By Milthon Lujan

Dover, USA.- DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife will begin accepting more Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture lease applications postmarked after midnight Tuesday, Dec. 5 on a first-come, first-served basis.


Initial applications were made after a lottery was held in May to determine the order of selection. Now that all of the lottery participants have selected their potential lease locations, applications are being accepted by DNREC for the remainder of the available acreage.

Beginning after midnight on Dec. 5, applications and a required $300 application fee can be sent via certified mail to the Division of Fish & Wildlife, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. No in-person or electronically-delivered applications will be accepted. The order of the applications for selecting lease locations will be determined by their postmarked dates.

Available acres within the state-approved Shellfish Aquaculture Development Areas (SADA) are indicated on the interactive shellfish map, and the SADA application is on the DNREC Shellfish Aquaculture Program webpage. Applicants may also apply for acreage outside of SADA areas, via a separate non-SADA application, also linked to the webpage.

For more information on Inland Bays’ shellfish aquaculture, or on the first-come, first-served application submission process, please visit DNREC’s Shellfish Aquaculture webpage, or contact DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife 302-735-2960. 

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