Relaying Oysters For Commercial Harvest Private Oyster Lease Holders
General Info - Statewide License
Oysters, clams, or mussels transplanted from a polluted to a clean environment will cleanse themselves of the polluting bacteria or viruses. This cleansing ability is a phenomenon of the shellfish feeding process. The time required for this cleansing is influenced by many factors, including the original level of pollution, water temperature, salinity, and presence of chemicals inhibitory to physiological activity of shellfish. To protect public health and to make good use of a valuable natural resource, approval from Maryland Department of the Environment, the Department, is required.
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Obtaining the License
Ready to get your license? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents
The applicant shall request in writing to the Department for permission to relay shellfish from polluted water to approved waters for the purpose of natural cleaning. The letter of application shall specify:
1. Name, address and phone number of the applicant.
2. The approximate number of bushels to be relayed and the approximate beginning and ending date of the relaying operation.
3. The type of gear to be used to relay shellstock. The name and address of the private leaseholder owning the leased grounds from which the shellstock is relayed.
4. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) identification number for the private lease from which the shellstock will be relayed.
5. Name, address and phone number of the owner of the leased ground to which the shellstock is relayed.
Apply for the License
Complete the form
License Issuer - Information
Tel: (410) 537-3906
What laws and regulations give Maryland Department of Environment the legal authority to issue this approval?
STATE: Natural Resources Article, Title 4, Subtitle 1006.