New shellfish relocation permit established

Published 11:47 am Thursday, May 18, 2023

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North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Proclamation SF-5-2023 establishes the shellfish relocation permit.

The special permit is required prior to relocate shellfish from areas closed to harvest where shellfish would otherwise be destroyed due to maintenance dredging, construction or other development activities to a designated relocation sites identified by Division of Marine Fisheries staff in Internal Coastal Waters.

The relocation process is triggered by a permit application for in-the-water construction or dredging to the Division of Coastal Management. The site is reviewed by a scientist from Marine Fisheries. If shellfish are found, the shellfish must be moved to other polluted waters.

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The proclamation was effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2023.

The Permit Application Certification and General Permit Conditions Form and the Shellfish Relocation Permit Specific Conditions Form are given to the permit holder when the permit is issued.

In North Carolina General Statutes “shellfish” is defined as mollusca, specifically including oysters, clams, mussels and scallops.

Shellfish Relocation Permits are available at no cost at the Division of Marine Fisheries Morehead City Headquarters and are non-transferable.

Contact Zach Harrison at N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 or by calling 252-808-8056 for more information.