Shellfish lease application period ends August 1

Published 8:08 am Saturday, July 23, 2022

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The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries is reminding potential shellfish lease applicants that the 2022 application period ends August 1.

The division accepts shellfish bottom lease and water column applications annually from March 1 through Aug. 1. The applications must be either postmarked or dropped off at the Division Headquarters Office at 3441 Arendell Street in Morehead City by 5 p.m. Aug. 1.

The application deadline is for new applicants only. Existing leaseholders have a 10-year contract with a renewal process that is completely separate from the shellfish lease application period.

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For more information, contact Owen Mulvey-McFerron, shellfish lease and aquaculture program coordinator, at or 252-269-3082. Learn more and download a lease application at the division’s Shellfish Lease and Franchise Program webpage.