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Shellfish Aquaculture Portal
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The process of permitting shellfish aquaculture continues to be a primary constraint to expanding marine shellfish aquaculture. Stakeholders face a complicated process characterized by layers of regulations and complex application, review, and approval processes. The NOAA Office of Aquaculture, in cooperation with its partners, is addressing some of these barriers through the National Shellfish Initiative.
The Aquaculture Office also has sponsored a number of outreach efforts aimed at improving stakeholder knowledge on the interactions of shellfish aquaculture and the environment and the permitting process for aquaculture in state waters.
Though still a work in progress, the information in this website is me ant to provide resources to aid in the proper siting of aquaculture projects, lead to an expedited review of applications, and reduce the time required for producers to acquire aquaculture permits. The ultimate goal is to foster development of shellfish aquaculture while conserving living marine resources and their habitats.
Oyster aquaculture creates in-situ habitat for a diverse collection of aquatic animals and, as filter feeders, removes sediment and excess algae from the water. Here, a Maryland Oyster farm. [credit: NOAA Aquaculture Office]