View the entire 2010 regulatory package for aquaculture reform published in the July 2, 2010 issue of the Maryland Register here.

Aquaculture Updates

Link to various Aquaculture Forms and Instructions

New - Aquaculture Declaration Requirement

In order to securely and effectively comply with the current legal and regulatory requirements, the Department is now requiring each Shellfish Aquaculture Harvester Permittee or Registrant to get an Aquaculture Declaration through COMPASS. Read more about the new requirement.

Maryland Department of the Environment has created a fact sheet about Vibrio for citizens.

US Army Corps of Engineers maintenance dredging schedule for Federal FY14

The Department of Natural Resources Aquaculture Division would like to inform leaseholders of the US Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District maintenance dredging schedule for Federal FY14 (Oct 1, 2013 - Sept 30, 2014). Because dredging activities have the potential to impact nearby leaseholders by temporarily elevating localized sedimentation and/or limiting lease access with dredge support vessels, leaseholders should review project plans and determine if it is necessary to take precautionary measures to protect product and equipment. Areas scheduled for dredging in FY14 include the Wicomico River, MD; Ocean City, MD in the Isle of Wight and Sinepuxent Bay channels; and in the Brewerton Channel in Baltimore Harbor.

For additional information and copies of the Corp's maintenance dredging project public notices, please visit the Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District's Navigation Branch website. Notices for all sites may not yet be posted.

Department of Natural Resources Aquaculture Electronic Notification System

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Aquaculture Division is announcing its new leaseholder email notification program. Leaseholders who have an e-mail address on file with our Division will receive important Shellfish Aquaculture Program information faster and in an eco-friendly way. Your email address remains confidential and will only be used for shellfish aquaculture related business. If you are an existing leaseholder and would like to sign-up, please send your name, lease number(s) and email address to or call 410-260-2405.

Department of Natural Resources Aquaculture Monthly Harvest Report Reminder

All leaseholders are reminded to check their records to make sure that monthly harvest reports are being submitted to the Department in a timely manner. Please recall that the terms of the Shellfish Aquaculture Harvester Permit (SAHP) require the primary permittee/leaseholder to submit a monthly harvest report to the Department even if you are not actively harvesting. Signed reports are due 10 days after the end of the month for which you are reporting. In order to keep your lease in active standing with the Department, please consult your records to ensure that you are in full compliance with our reporting requirements. Additional copies of the Harvest Report form may be printed from this web page, to the right, under "Shellfish Aquaculture Forms". If you are unsure if you are missing a report, please contact us to inquire about your status. Shellfish Aquaculture Harvester Permit renewal for 2015 may be delayed for those leases which still have missing 2014 reports at the end of this year.

Please promptly send any missing reports to:
Dpeartment of Natural Resources,
Fishing and Boating Services,
Shellfish Aquaculture Harvest Report
580 Taylor Avenue B-2, Annapolis, MD 21401

Or you may fax reports to: 410-260-8279 Attn: Aquaculture Division.

If you have questions about monthly reporting, please contact the Aquaculture Division Harvest Reporting section at 410-260-2405.​​