CRD announces subtidal mariculture leasing lottery

Shellfish beds
Brunswick, Ga.

The State of Georgia requests applicants for a lottery devised to grant three subtidal water bottoms leases bearing exclusive rights for commercial shellfish production.

The subtidal water bottoms leases shall primarily be used for the purpose of intensive mariculture of Eastern Oysters (Crassostrea virginica) using floating gear.

This lottery will award three individual leases of 10 acres each with an annual lease fee of $50 per acre. These leases are located in Mud River, McIntosh County, northwest of Sapelo Island. 

Click here for a detailed map of the parcels.

Further information on the location and requirements of the leases and the lottery process can be found by clicking here for the CRD Shellfish Policy Manual and Lottery Application for Subtidal Shellfish Mariculture Leases. 

Lottery Applications must be mailed or delivered to:

Shellfish Lottery
Coastal Resources Division
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
One Conservation Way,
Brunswick, GA 31520

Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. June 1, 2021. 

For further information, contact CRD at 912-264-7218 or visit