Maryland Shellfish Aquaculture Siting Tool

The Maryland Aquaculture Siting Tool is an interactive online map viewer designed to assist industry and resource managers and others in planning and applying for shellfish aquaculture leases or similar projects while minimizing potential conflicts with existing commercial & recreational uses and environmentally sensitive areas. It is meant to help users make more informed decisions regarding the siting of shellfish aquaculture, but does not provide a guarantee that an aquaculture lease will be issued. All lease application materials submitted in conjunction with the use of this mapping tool are subject to complete review through the joint State Federal review process for commercial shellfish aquaculture leasing. This tool is available free of charge; however, all users must register prior to use by completing the form below.

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  Shellfishing Industry/Lease Applicant
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  To make management decisions for shellfisheries or aquaculture
  To identify and/or locate available lease areas
  To identify shellfish classification areas
  To identify shellfish natural shellfish beds
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Technical Specifications
The DNR has developed this interactive online map viewer in cooperation with other agencies using ESRIís ArcGIS API for JavaScript which allows for the creation of rich Internet applications on top of ArcGIS Server.

For shellfish aquaculture siting
Rebecca Thur
Fisheries and Boating Services
Tawes State Office Building
580 Taylor Avenue E-4
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Office: 410.260.8252