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Information about Shellfish Aquaculture in Delaware's Inland Bays


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UPDATED: Inland Bays Shellfish Aquaculture Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Lease applications for available acreage will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Instructions and information for first-come, first-served lease applications click here.

Forms and Policies for Shellfish Aquaculture in Delaware's Inland Bays can be found below: 

- Shellfish Aquaculture Application SADA

- Shellfish Aquaculture Application Non-SADA

- Shellfish Import Form

- Approved Shellfish Importation Policy (updated April 1, 2019) 

- Background Information on Disease Testing (updated April 16, 2018)

Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture nursery information
Anyone considering Inland Bays’ shellfish nurseries outside of acres leased for Delaware shellfish aquaculture is asked please submit the nursery permit form and shellfish import form (if applicable) to the Division of Fish & Wildlife. Nurseries outside of acreage leased for shellfish aquaculture also require permits from DNREC’s Wetlands & Subaqueous Lands SectionFor guidance with permitting requirements from the Wetlands & Subaqueous Lands Section, the Division of Fish & Wildlife recommends applicants email Tyler Brown or Steve Smailer of DNREC's Division of Water or call 302-739-9943 to discuss the specifics of an intended nursery.

Inland Bays Shellfish Aquaculture Lease Lottery

NOTE: Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture lottery participants needed to submit a completed lease application, and have that application accepted as complete by DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlife, before May 2, 2018, in order to secure a shellfish aquaculture lease on the acreage that was selected through the opening lottery.

Shellfish Aquaculture Lease Lottery Alpha List


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Philadelphia District) public notice for soliciting comments and recommendations from the public concerning modification of the existing regional conditions for certain activities in Delaware through Department of the Army nationwide permit 48 (NWP 48), which authorizes commercial shellfish aquaculture activities in waters of the United States. These modifications would be applicable to any shellfish aquaculture activities within the shellfish aquaculture development areas (SADA) located in Delaware's Inland Bays. (Jan. 26, 2015)

§3801 Shellfish Aquaculture Regulations published in the Aug. 1, 2014 Delaware Register of Regulations
Effective date of regulations: Aug. 11, 2014

The Division of Fish & Wildlife held a Public Hearing May 21, 2014 on Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture regulations

The Division of Fish & Wildlife's second public workshop (Feb. 26, 2014) on Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture regulations

Division of Fish & Wildlife public workshop (Jan. 30, 2014) on Inland Bays shellfish aquaculture regulations

For more information regarding shellfish aquaculture, please contact Zina Hense at 302-739-4782 or via email at

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