About aquaculture management
The Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) Shellfish Program regulates shellfish aquaculture. If you are involved in this activity, we can help you by:
- Licensing aquaculture sites by municipalities
- Permitting aquaculturists to get and keep sub-legal shellfish for transplant and grow-out to legal size.
DMF assists municipalities by certifying after inspection of the project area (as required by statute Chapter 130, Sec. 57;MGL) that a license and operation will cause no large negative effect on shellfish or other natural resources of the city or town.
If you are an aquaculturist, you must get a DMF propagation permit each year. Each permit is specific to the needs of the individual grower based upon a permit application.
The purpose of this process is to control the introduction of shellfish diseases, non-native shellfish species and other pests or predators into Massachusetts's waters. About 300 propagation permits are issued each year.
Other related activities include:
- Assisting individuals in the licensing and permitting process.
- Providing information on aquaculture to interested parties.
- Assisting municipalities with site selection before formal site survey to avoid DMF denial.
- Assisting growers in finding seed sources.
- Working with hatcheries to become certified to sell seed in Massachusetts.
If you are interested in a propagation permit, please contact Chris Schillaci at (508) 990-2860 x 135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.