Shellfish Aquaculture Lease Applications

Below are the pending commercial shellfish lease applications received by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources since January 1, 2018, and determined to be complete. Incomplete applications are not listed. Designation of an application as complete does not mean that the proposed lease location meets all of the criteria for lease approval, and proposed lease locations are subject to change throughout the review process. The status of each application will be updated as it progresses through the review process. Please refer to the legend below the list for an explanation of what each status description means.
440Green Pearl, LLCHarris CreekTalbot4.7Hydrographic Survey1/6/2018WCCagesY
441LumpkinsCarthagena CreekSt. Mary's3.1Hydrographic Survey1/26/2018SLLY
442LumpkinsCarthagena CreekSt. Mary's3.6Hydrographic Survey1/26/2018SLLY
443LumpkinsCarthagena CreekSt. Mary's4.4Hydrographic Survey1/26/2018SLLY
444LumpkinsCarthagena CreekSt. Mary's2.1Hydrographic Survey1/26/2018SLLY
445LumpkinsSt. George CreekSt. Mary's5.8Hydrographic Survey1/26/2018SLLY
447Waller, Jr.Fishing BayDorchester4.7Hydrographic Survey2/22/2018SLLY
449ZeinogLittle Choptank RiverDorchester17.6Phase II Review2/27/2018SLLY
451RatcliffeChesapeake BayTalbot20Phase II Review2/28/2018SLLY
452Tall Timbers Dev. Co., Inc.Herring CreekSt. Mary's4Hydrographic Survey3/2/2018WCCagesY
453Trossbach, Jr.St. Mary's RiverSt. Mary's2.2Hydrographic Survey3/12/2018SLLY
454McBee, Jr.Eastern BayTalbot5.1Phase II Review3/19/2018WCCages & FloatsY
456Leonard, Jr.Tred Avon RiverTalbot10.2Phase II Review3/22/2018SLLY
458LumpkinsWicomico RiverSt. Mary's21.8Phase II Review4/3/2018SLLY
459LumpkinsWicomico RiverSt. Mary's19.9Phase II Review4/3/2018SLLY
460LumpkinsWicomico RiverSt. Mary's10.2App. Complete4/3/2018SLL
462LumpkinsSt. Mary's RiverSt. Mary's20.7App. Complete4/3/2018SLL
466WilliamsTred Avon RiverTalbot12App. Complete4/6/2018SLL
467WilliamsTred Avon RiverTalbot2.4Phase II Review4/11/2018SLLY
468WilliamsTred Avon RiverTalbot3Phase II Review4/11/2018SLLY
472FarringtonPatuxent RiverCalvert5Phase I Review5/10/2018WCCagesY
473Patuxent River Seafood, LLCPatuxent RiverCalvert4App. Complete5/18/2018WCCages
474KilinskiPort Tobacco RiverCharles13.8App. Complete5/23/2018WCCages
475Youngk, Sr.Chesapeake BayAnne Arundel2Phase II Review6/5/2018WCCages & FloatsY
476ZecherCaulk CreekTalbot1App. Complete6/22/2018SLL
477Chase, Jr.St. Mary's RiverSt. Mary's1.5Phase II Review6/25/2018SLLY
479Maryland Seafood Coop., Inc.Choptank RiverDorchester28Phase I Review7/17/2018SLLY
480Abbott, Jr.Fishing BayDorchester40Phase I Review7/3/2018WCCagesY
481McBee, Jr.Shipping CreekQueen Anne's0.4Phase I Review8/2/2018WCFloating UpwellersY
482Maryland Seafood Coop., Inc.Herring BayAnne Arundel31.5Phase I Review8/10/2018SLLY
483GabelerPurnell BayWorchester1.9App. Complete9/21/2018WCCages
484BuddenChester RiverQueen Anne's5App. Complete9/26/2018WCCages & Floats
486Maryland Seafood Cooperative, Inc.Little ChoptankDorchester13.6App. Complete10/18/2018SLL
​The "Lease" column above refers to Lease Type.
  • SLL = submerged land lease
  • WC = water column lease

Application Status Legend

  • Application Complete (App. Complete) - The department has received a Joint Application for State Commercial Shellfish Aquaculture Lease and Corps of Engineers Federal Permit and determined that it included the required components and application fee necessary to proceed with review.
  • Phase I Review - The department has initiated its internal review to evaluate the proposed lease site for compliance with statutory and regulatory criteria for leasing.
  • Phase II Review - The proposed lease site is evaluated using Geographic Information System (GIS) software for proximity to and compatibility with ecological and cultural resource areas of concern, and comments on the application are compiled from other state and federal regulatory agencies.
  • Hydrographic Survey - The proposed lease site is surveyed by the department's hydrographic engineer to obtain the legal coordinates and acreage that will be mapped and advertised. Temporary corner markers are placed on the proposed site at this time.
  • Public Notice - The department advertises a notice of the application in a newspaper circulated within the county in which the proposed site is located. The notice appears in the paper once a week for two consecutive weeks, followed by a 30-day public comment period. The notice is also available to view on the department's Public Notice web page.
  • PIM Request/Protest - The department received a request for a Public Information Meeting and/or a Petition of Protest during the public comment period. An application will remain in this status until a meeting request has been fulfilled, if necessary, and while the department works with all parties toward resolution of any outstanding protests. This may include adjudication of the protest through the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings.
  • Pending Issuance - The department has concluded its application review and determined, based on the results of the review and/or an administrative hearing, that a shellfish lease may be issued.
  • Lease Issued – A shellfish lease was issued by the department. 

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For more information about this list or the Aquaculture and Industry Enhancement Division, please contact Kari Bradberry at 410-260-8648 or​