Harvest Reporting

Shellfish aquaculture leaseholders in the state of Maryland are required to submit a monthly harvest report for each shellfish lease held. Everything needed to report monthly harvest is included in the Shellfish Aquaculture Harvester Permit packet mailed by the department when a new lease is issued or re-permitted for the following year. The packet includes requested Shellfish Aquaculture Harvester Permit and Registration Cards for eligible recipients, instructions for where to find and print blank Maryland Monthly Shellfish Aquaculture Harvest Report forms, and report barcode labels printed with the primary leaseholder’s name, the lease number, and month of harvest. Blank harvest report forms are available by request from the department or online under the Aquaculture sub-heading of the Fishing and Boating Services forms page

Leaseholders must complete a Maryland Monthly Shellfish Aquaculture Harvest Report in its entirety for every month of the year, or all remaining months of the year beginning with the month in which a new lease is first permitted. All information must be complete and accurate for each day of shellfish harvest in order to be accepted. Please refer to the instructions sheet at the link below for more details on how to complete a report correctly. If no shellfish harvest occurred in a month, leaseholders are still required to complete a report indicating "NO HARVEST", sign, affix the corresponding barcode label(s) and submit to the department by the 10th of the following month. If harvest will not occur for more than one consecutive month, a leaseholder may list and affix all barcode labels for those months on the blank section of one form.

Harvest Submission Methods:
  • By mail to: Department of Natural Resources,Fishing and Boating Services,
                      Attn: Shellfish Aquaculture Harvest Report
                      580 Taylor Avenue, E-4
                      Annapolis, MD 21401​

  • By email to: aquacultureharvestreport.dnr@maryland.gov​​
  • By fax to: 410-260-8310

Reports must be received by the 10th day of the month immediately following the month in which harvest occurred. Email submissions will receive an automatic reply to confirm receipt. If sending reports by email, the preferred format is a PDF attachment. Please do NOT attach photos of the reports, as they are difficult to read and process.

Failure to submit reports in a timely manner may affect the standing of the lease with the department and/or delay Shellfish Aquaculture Harvester Permit renewal for the following year.

To confirm the status of a harvest report, please contact the Aquaculture Division at (410)-260-8652 or email your inquiry to aquacultureharvestreport.dnr@maryland.gov.

Harvest Reporting Document Quick Links:

Summer Harvest

For any leaseholder intending to harvest product in the summer months, it is important to understand the following additional requirements:

The National Shellfish Sanitation Program Model Ordinance dictates the safe handling of shellfish for human consumption. In order to comply with the requirements of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program and decrease the risk of illness, Maryland has developed a Vibrio parahaemolyticus (V.p.) Control Plan. V.p. illness is caused by the consumption of raw molluscan shellfish (clams and oysters) infected with this bacterium. Maryland's V.p. Control Plan requires leaseholders engaged in the summertime harvest of shellfish to implement certain control measures.

From June 1 through September 30, a Shellfish Aquaculture Harvester Permittee or Registrant acting under the authority of the permittee is required to:

  1. Protect harvested oysters from direct sun by providing shade over the area where the harvested oysters are stored;
  2. Maintain air flow to the area where the harvested oysters are stored;
  3. Designate a single site for landing the harvested oysters; and
  4. Deliver harvested oysters to a dealer (licensed and certified by the Maryland Department of Health) for immediate placement under temperature control by the following times on the day of harvest:
    • 11:30 am June 1 – June 30
    • 10:30 am July 1 – August 31
    • 12:30 pm September 1 – September 30

To comply with item 3 above, from June 1 through September 30 you must land your product at a SINGLE site, and leaseholders must declare that SINGLE landing location ahead of time on a Declaration of Summer Harvest Landing Location form provided by the department. Landing locations may be updated from year to year and may differ between leases.

A Declaration of Summer Harvest Landing Location form is provided as a part of every new lease mailing and every existing lease’s Annual Usage Report and Invoicing mailing. Blank forms are also available upon request from the department.

Please contact Kathryn Busch at Kathryne.busch@maryland.gov or 410-260-8342 if you have any questions about summer harvest.

Have a question on how to fill out the report? Frequently Asked Questions

Email Notification Want to make sure you are not missing reports? Sign up for our Department of Natural Resources Shellfish Aquaculture Email Notification Program. Please send your name, lease number(s) and email address to Aquaculture.dnr@maryland.gov or call 410-260-8652. Email reminders are sent on the 20th of each month to leaseholders if our records indicate that a report is missing.​