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GENERAL PERMIT 30 – Commercial Shellfish Aquaculture Activities

General Permit 30 authorizes the construction and/or placement and maintenance of shellfish aquaculture equipment, including floating upwellers, shellfish rafts, racks and bags, lantern nets, and cages, provided:

  • The structures are located in an area with a valid shellfish lease authorized under N.J.S.A. 50:1-23;
  • The structures are not located within submerged infrastructure routes, shipwreck and artificial reef habitat, or wetlands;
  • The structures are not located within 50’ of any designated navigation channel, unless it is demonstrated that the proposed structure will not hinder navigation;
  • The boundaries of the area where the structures are placed are clearly marked in accordance with US Coast Guard requirements for regulatory and informational markers (US Coast Guard
    “U.S. Aids to Navigation System”)
  • The structures are constructed of non-polluting materials; and
  • The structures are properly secured.

Please be advised:

  • No activity undertaken pursuant to this General Permit shall prevent the catching and taking of free swimming fish from the tidal waters of the State in any lawful manner, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 50:1-33.
  • Upon expiration or termination of the shellfish lease, or the cessation of shellfish aquaculture activities, whichever occurs first, within 5 days the permittee shall remove all structures placed within the lease area.
  • Prior to the commencement of activities authorized by this General Permit, the permittee shall notify the Department’s Bureau of Shellfisheries in writing.  Notification requirements can be found at N.J.A.C. 7:7-6.30(d).

Full details are provided at N.J.A.C.7:7-6.30

If your project does not meet the requirements of the General Permit 30, it may qualify for another General Permit, Permit-by-rule, or an Individual Permit.  Additional information on these permit types can be found on the Coastal Permitting page.

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