Shellfish Leasing

Shellfish Leasing Application Process

Intertidal Leases

Intertidal Shellfish Leases are offered via a public bidding process that is further described in the Shellfish Policy Manual found on the Commercial Shellfish Harvest webpage. Applications for intertidal shellfish leases will be accepted within application windows advertised by the Department, and a set number of applications will be accepted in each application window. The Intertidal Shellfish Lease Application is available in the Resources and Forms section of this webpage, and information on lease availability and details is available on the Shellfish Leasing Dashboard found below.

Upcoming Application Window Details:

Lease Applications to be accepted: 3 

Opening and closing dates: More information coming Fall 2022

Subtidal Leases

Subtidal Shellfish Leases are offered via a lottery devised and operated by the Department. The lottery has minimum requirements for entry, and candidates are tanked and selected using priority points. For more information, please refer to the Shellfish Policy Manual located on the Commercial Shellfish Harvest webpage.

Upcoming Lottery Information:

Applicants to be selected: TBD

Dates of Lottery Application window: Late 2022

Shellfish Leasing Dashboard

The shellfish leasing dashboard below was created to assist in the lease advertising process. Use the application below or click here for a full screen version to view available leases. Lease information is available in the application by selecting a lease on the map or on the vacant leases list and then viewing the lease info window on the bottom right. For additional assistance using the Shellfish Leasing Dashboard, please contact the Department using the contact information below.

Commercial Interest Survey

Please click here to take our Commercial Shellfish Interest Survey. The data collected in this survey will be used to notify interested parties of applicable commercial shellfish opportunities, to determine where to direct efforts and resources toward identifying potential lease sites, and to determine which types of leasing opportunities to provide (intertidal wild harvest, intertidal mariculture, or subtidal mariculture). Your input is greatly appreciated!

Subscribe to Updates

Current commercial leasing opportunities will be posted at the top of this webpage. Additionally, please visit and be sure to select "Shellfish Leasing Updates and Opportunities" under the Coastal Resources category to subscribe to email updates regarding leasing opportunities.

Contact Information

For any questions or comments concerning the availability of shellfish leases, the leasing process, or to schedule a preapplication meeting, please contact the Shellfish Aquaculture Coordinator below:

Michael Mock

Marine Biologist


For questions regarding the Shellfish Leasing Dashboard or to inquire about the process of siting new leases or to recommend new areas for assessment, please contact:

Alex Metz

Marine Biologist


For general questions concerning commercial shellfish harvest, please visit the Commercial Shellfish Harvest webpage or contact the CRD Shellfish and Water Quality Program at (912)264-7218.