Oyster Harvester License (OYH)
General Info - Statewide License
Maryland license which allows residents to harvest oysters for sale by diving, tonging, power dredging or handscraping.
This license may only be held by Maryland residents. Harvest of oysters under this license also requires the purchase of the oyster surcharge. Must also purchase a harvester registration surcharge and a seafood marketing surcharge. Due to limit in licenses it is not possible to say how long an individual might have to wait to receive this license. You may get on the wait list for this license at any time.
Obtaining the License
Ready to get your license? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents
Must be a Maryland resident.
Must also purchase a harvester registration surcharge and a seafood marketing surcharge.
Apply for the License
Download the application .PDF file
Maintaining Your License
Renewal and maintenance -
Maintaining your License (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain License/stay in good standing)
Must renew every year. Regular renewal period is August 1 - August 31.
What laws and regulations give Department of Natural Resources the legal authority to issue this approval?
Natural Resources Article, 4-701, Annotated Code of Maryland