Floating aquaculture cages in water

Photo by Chuck Weirich

Here are some links for those looking to get started with shellfish aquaculture.

For more questions, contact Chuck Weirich, 252-222-6314, chuck_weirich@ncsu.edu.


DMF Shellfish Lease Program

portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/habitat/enhancement/shellfish-leases

Contact North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish.Lease.Permits@ncdenr.gov 


USDA Farm Service Agency Programs

fsa.usda.gov


UNCW NC Shellfish Aquaculture Siting Tool

uncw.edu/benthic/sitingtool/

Researchers at the University of North Carolina Wilmington developed the North Carolina Shellfish Siting Tool for current and future shellfish growers. A National Sea Grant Strategic Initiative supported this effort by awarding funding to Sea Grant.

Shellfish growers in North Carolina now have data that allow them to select locations with the most potential before choosing areas to lease. This GIS-based site-selection tool assists growers in identifying promising bottom-lease locations for their aquaculture operations. Users can search based on important factors for locating a shellfish culture operation — presence/absence of shellfish, submerged aquatic vegetation, current leases, boat access areas and salinity.

Contact Troy Alphin at University of North Carolina Wilmington, 910-962-2395, alphint@uncw.edu


UNCW Shellfish Research Hatchery

https://uncw.edu/shellfish/

Contact Ami Wilbur, at University of North Carolina Wilmington, 910-962-2389, wilbura@uncw.edu


Carteret Community College

https://www.facebook.com/CCCAquaculture/

Contact David Cerino, at Carteret Community College, 252-222-6114, cerinod@carteret.edu


North Carolina Sea Grant Workshop Materials