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Application 2019 Shellfish Aquaculture Grant Program Application
Application Contact Jill Aspinwall
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Policy Implementation
401 East State Street, 7th Floor
PO Box 420, Mail Code 401-07B
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
(609) 984-9736
Jill.aspinwall@dep.nj.gov
Application Deadline Completed applications must be returned via mail or email to the contact listed above by March 8, 2019
Notification Date Applicants will be notified by March 29, 2019
Shellfish Aquaculture Grant Program

Purpose of Funding
To incentivize the relocation of shellfish growers currently permitted to operate on privately held leases within the area designated as the Northern Segment of the Delaware Bayshore to an Aquaculture Development Zone (ADZ) lease lot located within the Southern Segment.  The relocation would necessitate the removal of all gear from the permitted lease area within the Northern Segment with operations thereafter occurring within the Southern Segment. The relocation is an effort to reduce the potential for conflicts in the Northern Segment between shellfish aquaculture activities and the Federally Listed Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa), per the stipulations outlined in Conservation Measure No. 19-1.  Conservation Measure No. 19-1 of the USFWS Biological Opinion on the Effects of Existing and Expanded Structural Aquaculture of Native Bivalves in Delaware Bay, Middle and Lower Townships, Cape May County, New Jersey on Federally Listed Red Knot (hereafter known as the “PBO”) specifically states that the NJDEP “shall develop a mini-grant program to financially assist growers by offsetting some of the costs incurred from relocating and/or changing culturing practices due to the provisions of the PBO.”  The PBO also states that “the mini-grant funding program would be established to assist with the relocation of currently permitted operations from the Northern Segment to the Southern Segment and/or outside of Protected Areas.

Source of Funding
NJDEP Shellfish Habitat Mitigation Dedicated Account

Statutory Citation
N.J.S.A. 12:5-3, Waterfront Development
N.J.S.A. 13:19-1 et seq., Coastal Area Facility Review Act
N.J.A.C. 7:7, Coastal Zone Management (CZM) rules
N.J.S.A. 50:1 et seq.

Who is Eligible
To be eligible, an applicant must be able to submit the following:

  1. Valid New Jersey commercial shellfish license;
  2. Shellfish Aquaculture Permit issued by the NJDEP’s Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring;
  3. Valid shellfish aquaculture lease administered through the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife, or a written permission to work a valid shellfish lease located within the Northern Segment (include copy of current lease agreement and latest lease renewal)
  4. Valid US Army Corps of Engineers authorization for intertidal structural aquaculture (oyster farming) for a lease located within the Northern Segment;
  5. Valid State permit from the NJDEP’s Land Use Regulation Program for intertidal structural aquaculture (oyster farming) for a lease located within the Northern Segment; and
  6. The applicant’s valid Tidelands grant, lease or license.

Qualifications Required for Consideration
An applicant must be willing to accept the following grant conditions:

  1. By May 7, 2019, or as otherwise determined by the NJDEP in consultation with the USFWS, physically transfer of all of grantee’s Northern Segment shellfish aquaculture operations to an ADZ lease located in the Southern Segment (Aquaculture Development Zone 4).
  2. Adhere to all current Conservation Measures outlined (as updated or amended) in accordance with the PBO, including but not limited to, no intertidal structures or gear on any Northern Segment lease, grant, lot, or riparian from April 15 through June 7 annually (or as otherwise determined by the NJDEP or other State or Federal regulatory or permitting agency).
  3. Agreement to not apply for any State or Federal permits associated with intertidal aquaculture in the Northern Segment for the term of the PBO.
  4. 4. Agreement to not work for, consult with, or volunteer to assist in the filing of any State or Federal permits associated with intertidal aquaculture in the Northern Segment for the term of the PBO.

Grant Limitations
An applicant can receive a maximum grant award of $15,000

Application Procedures
Applicants must complete the “2019 Shellfish Aquaculture Grant Program Application”.  Applications must be received by the deadline indicated in the green box above.  Each application will be reviewed and evaluated based on completeness and submission of the required information.  Full grant program information can be found here:  2019 Shellfish Aquaculture Grant Program

For More Information Please Contact
Jill Aspinwall
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Policy Implementation
401 East State Street, 7th Floor
PO Box 420, Mail Code 401-07B
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
(609) 984-9736
Jill.aspinwall@dep.nj.gov

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