Shellfish Aquaculture Lease Applications

Below are the pending commercial shellfish lease applications received by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources since January 1, 2018, and determined to be complete. Incomplete applications are not listed. Designation of an application as complete does not mean that the proposed lease location meets all of the criteria for lease approval, and proposed lease locations are subject to change throughout the review process. The status of each application will be updated as it progresses through the review process. Please refer to the legend below the list for an explanation of what each status description means.​
440Green Pearl, LLCHarris CreekTalbot4.7PIM Request/Protest1/6/2018WCCagesPN
441Lumpkins, Robert LanceCarthagena CreekSt. Mary's2.3Hydrographic Survey1/26/2018SLLPN
442Lumpkins, Robert LanceCarthagena CreekSt. Mary's2.4Hydrographic Survey1/26/2018SLLPN
443Lumpkins, Robert LanceCarthagena CreekSt. Mary's4.0Hydrographic Survey1/26/2018SLLPN
444Lumpkins, Robert LanceCarthagena CreekSt. Mary's1.6Hydrographic Survey1/26/2018SLLPN
445Lumpkins, Robert LanceSt. George CreekSt. Mary's5.8Hydrographic Survey1/26/2018SLLY
447Waller Jr., Harvey HanksFishing BayDorchester4.7Lease Issued2/22/2018SLLPN
449Zeinog, Ryan Little Choptank RiverDorchester16.3Public Notice2/27/2018SLLPN
451Davenport , TinaChesapeake BayTalbot50.2Pending Issuance2/28/2018SLLPN
452The Tall Timbers Dev. Co., Inc.Herring CreekSt. Mary's4.0Hydrographic Survey3/2/2018WCCagesY
453Trossbach Jr., John LSt. Mary's RiverSt. Mary's1.7Hydrographic Survey3/12/2018SLLY
454McBee Jr., Harold AEastern BayTalbot5.0Lease Issued3/19/2018WCCages & FloatsPN
456Leonard Jr., Samuel RTred Avon RiverTalbot8.2Hydrographic Survey3/22/2018SLLY
458Lumpkins, Robert LanceWicomico RiverSt. Mary's21.8Phase II Review4/3/2018SLLY
459Lumpkins, Robert LanceWicomico RiverSt. Mary's19.9Phase II Review4/3/2018SLLY
460Lumpkins, Robert LanceWicomico RiverSt. Mary's10.2App. Complete4/3/2018SLL
462Lumpkins, Robert LanceSt. Mary's RiverSt. Mary's20.7Hydrographic Survey4/3/2018SLLY
466Williams, Brian CTred Avon RiverTalbot14.6Hydrographic Survey4/6/2018SLLY
467Williams, Brian CTred Avon RiverTalbot2.4Hydrographic Survey4/11/2018SLLY
468Williams, Brian CTred Avon RiverTalbot2.3Hydrographic Survey4/11/2018SLLY
471Robinson, Timothy MFishing BayDorchester37.1Hydrographic Survey5/4/2018SLLY
472Farrington, Jon DavidPatuxent RiverCalvert5.0Hydrographic Survey5/10/2018WCCagesPN
473Patuxent River Seafood, LLCPatuxent RiverCalvert4.0Phase II Review5/18/2018WCCagesY
474Kilinski, Francis WPort Tobacco RiverCharles13.8Phase II Review5/23/2018WCCagesY
475Youngk Sr., Richard DChesapeake BayAnne Arundel1.7Lease Issued6/5/2018WCCages & FloatsPN
476Zecher, Linda KCaulk CreekTalbot1.0Hydrographic Survey6/22/2018SLLPN
477Chase Jr., Henry VSt. Mary's RiverSt. Mary's1.5Hydrographic Survey6/25/2018SLLY
479Maryland Seafood Coop., Inc.Lecompte BayDorchester28.7Hydrographic Survey7/17/2018SLLY
480Abbott Jr., Wylie MFishing BayDorchester39.6Hydrographic Survey7/30/2018WCCagesPN
481McBee Jr., Harold AShipping CreekQueen Anne's0.2Hydrographic Survey8/2/2018WCFloating UpwellersPN
482Maryland Seafood Coop., Inc.Herring BayAnne Arundel31.5Hydrographic Survey8/10/2018SLLY
483Gabeler, William ThomasPurnell BayWorchester1.9Pending Issuance9/21/2018WCCagesPN
484Budden, Scott Chester RiverQueen Anne's5.0Phase II Review9/26/2018WCCages & FloatsY
485Maryland Seafood Cooperative, Inc.Manokin RiverSomerset40.7Phase II Review10/11/2018SLLY
486Maryland Seafood Cooperative, Inc.Little ChoptankDorchester13.6Phase II Review10/18/2018SLLY
487Buckler, Joshua Patuxent RiverSt. Mary's26.9Hydrographic Survey11/20/2018SLLY
488Pfeiffer, WilliamPatuxent RiverCharles10.5Hydrographic Survey11/28/2018SLLY
489Pfeiffer, WilliamPatuxent RiverCalvert12.7Hydrographic Survey11/28/2018SLLY
490Southern Connection Seafood, Inc.Little Annemessex RiverSomerset1.3Phase II Review12/7/2018WCCagesY
491Kraft Jr., Ralph Wicomico RiverSomerset60.3Hydrographic Survey1/10/2019SLLY
492Zeinog, Ryan Choptank RiverDorchester3.1Phase II Review1/24/2019SLLY
493Zeinog, Ryan Choptank RiverTalbot5.6Phase II Review1/24/2019SLLY
494Williams, Brian CTrippe CreekTalbot8.5Application Complete2/5/2019SLL
495Maryland Seafood Cooperative, Inc.Manokin RiverSomerset28.9Application Complete2/13/2019SLL
496Williams, Brian CTred Avon RiverTalbot9.0Application Complete2/27/2019SLL
497Williams, Brian CTred Avon RiverTalbot18.4Application Complete3/4/2019SLL
498Hargrove, John NHarris CreekTalbot5.2Application Complete3/12/2019SLL
499Maryland Seafood Cooperative, Inc.Chesapeake BaySt. Mary's41.6Phase II Review3/13/2019SLLY
500Gowe , Bobby LHarris CreekTalbot8.3Phase II Review3/18/2019SLLY
501Kellam III, Paul Calvert BaySt. Mary's30.0Phase I Review3/22/2019SLLY
502Shore Thing Shellfish, LLCSt. George CreekSt. Mary's6.2Application Complete3/22/2019WCCages & Floats
503Cretsinger , Aaron JSt. George CreekSt. Mary's19.0Phase II Review3/22/2019SLLY
507Boyd , Jennifer HWicomico RiverSt. Mary's13Phase I Review4/3/2019SLLY
508Maryland Seafood Cooperative, Inc.Patuxent RiverSt. Mary's23.5Phase I Review4/11/2019SLLY
509Maryland Seafood Cooperative, Inc.Patuxent RiverSt. Mary's38Phase I Review4/11/2019SLLY
510Rudner , Lawrence Harris CreekTalbot1.7Application Complete4/16/2019WCCages & Floats
511Eubanks , William ESouth RiverAnne Arundel0.5Phase I Review4/22/2019SLLY
512St. Michaels Oyster Company, LLCHarris CreekTalbot3.8Phase II Review4/23/2019WCCages & FloatsY
513PJH Oyster Leases, LLCNanticoke RiverWicomico29.9Phase I Review5/3/2019SLLY
515Rudner , Lawrence Harris CreekTalbot1.9Application Complete5/28/2019WCCages & Floats
516Morris III, John B.Smith Creek St. Mary's13.2Application Complete5/29/2019SLL
517Poulos , Matthew Chesapeake BayCalvert12.5Application Complete5/31/2019WCCages
​The "Lease" column above refers to Lease Type.
  • SLL = submerged land lease
  • WC = water column lease

Application Status Legend

  • Application Complete (App. Complete) - The department has received a Joint Application for State Commercial Shellfish Aquaculture Lease and Corps of Engineers Federal Permit and determined that it included the required components and application fee necessary to proceed with review.
  • Phase I Review - The department has initiated its internal review to evaluate the proposed lease site for compliance with statutory and regulatory criteria for leasing.
  • Phase II Review - The proposed lease site is evaluated using Geographic Information System (GIS) software for proximity to and compatibility with ecological and cultural resource areas of concern, and comments on the application are compiled from other state and federal regulatory agencies.
  • Hydrographic Survey - The proposed lease site is surveyed by the department's hydrographic engineer to obtain the legal coordinates and acreage that will be mapped and advertised. Temporary corner markers are placed on the proposed site at this time.
  • Public Notice - The department advertises a notice of the application in a newspaper circulated within the county in which the proposed site is located. The notice appears in the paper once a week for two consecutive weeks, followed by a 30-day public comment period. The notice is also available to view on the department's Public Notice web page.
  • PIM Request/Protest - The department received a request for a Public Information Meeting and/or a Petition of Protest during the public comment period. An application will remain in this status until a meeting request has been fulfilled, if necessary, and while the department works with all parties toward resolution of any outstanding protests. This may include adjudication of the protest through the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings.
  • Pending Issuance - The department has concluded its application review and determined, based on the results of the review and/or an administrative hearing, that a shellfish lease may be issued.
  • Lease Issued – A shellfish lease was issued by the department. 

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For more information about this list or the Aquaculture and Industry Enhancement Division, please contact Kari Bradberry at 410-260-8648 or​