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Aquaculture in Maryland

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are accepting the Joint State/Federal Application for a Commercial Shellfish Aquaculture lease and Federal permit Joint Application for State Commercial Shellfish Aquaculture Lease and Corps of Engineers Federal Permit in the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries and the Coastal Bays. The joint permit application should be submitted to Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Service, Aquaculture Division C-2, 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401. The DNR will forward your joint application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must issue a permit before you may conduct shellfish aquaculture activities on your lease. The Joint State/Federal Application for a Commercial Shellfish Aquaculture lease and Federal permit can be downloaded here, application and instructions, along with additional information, can be found at Maryland's Department of Natural Resources web page on the Shellfish Aquaculture Program.

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The Baltimore District issued Regional General Permit-1 (RGP-1) for new commercial, research, and educational bivalve shellfish aquaculture activities for a five year period on 15 August 2011.  This RGP-1 is applicable  in waters within the State of Maryland, including the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries; and the Atlantic Coastal Bays and their tidal tributaries.