Second Notice: Availability of Delaware Bay Shellfish Grounds for Leasing

Division of Fish and Wildlife

Published: Feb. 25, 2024
Comments Due: March 15, 2024

DNREC Notice No. FW20240034

Pursuant to 7 Del C. §1906, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)/Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) is informing interested parties that shellfish grounds are available for lease, located in the Delaware Bay, South of the East Line and North of the Murderkill River. Please note that this notice does not pertain to shellfish aquaculture leasing in Delaware’s Inland Bays.

Upon request, the DFW will furnish a detailed description of the specific shellfish grounds that are currently under lease. Any person wishing to lease areas within the defined boundaries of the shellfish growing area that are not already under lease shall make application to DNREC prior to March 15, 2024, on a form provided by the DFW. In the event that more than one application is received for the same grounds, the grounds will be leased by competitive sealed bid and above the base fee for the first year.

For more information, please contact Audrey Ostroski at (302) 735-2967 or DNREC Headquarters, 89 Kings Hwy., Dover, DE 19901.