Here are some links for those looking to get started with shellfish aquaculture.
DMF Shellfish Lease Program
Contact North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish.Lease.Permits@ncdenr.gov
USDA Farm Service Agency Programs
UNCW NC Shellfish Aquaculture Siting Tool
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
UNCW Shellfish Research Hatchery
Contact Ami Wilbur, at University of North Carolina Wilmington, 910-962-2389, email@example.com
Carteret Community College
Contact David Cerino, at Carteret Community College, 252-222-6114, firstname.lastname@example.org