Delaware updates approval process for shellfish aquaculture leases
The DNREC approved a Statewide Activity Approval (SAA) for the acrage, making the approval process for leases there much quicker. The decision makes House Bill 160, signed into law in 2013, simpler to implement while discouraging the use of approved areas near homes in Little Assawoman Bay. As those areas potentially used for recreational boating, kayaking and paddleboarding are not included in the SSA, the DNREC expects that most aquaculturalists will opt to forgo those areas in favor of the easier approval process.
“Approval of this process addresses concerns we have heard from waterfront property owners around the Inland bays and still allows certainty for small business interests who wish to pursue growing oysters and clams in the Inland Bays,” DNREC Secretary David Small said. “DNREC had an obligation to develop a process for implementing the law allowing aquaculture, and this approach does so in an equitable manner. This is a major step in moving the program forward.”