Shellfish Culture Permits
SCDNR may grant permits to any state resident for the exclusive use of state bottoms or waters for commercial shellfish culture. Please note that these are NOT mariculture permits. Culture permits are for harvest of wild resources only. For information on mariculture permits please contact the Shellfish Management office at (843) 953-0126.
A person or entity desiring to acquire a Shellfish Culture Permit for any bottoms or waters must make written application to the department on a form provided by the department. A nonrefundable sum of $25 dollars must accompany the application for each permit.
SCDNR reviews applications and determines whether and to whom to issue a culture permit based on:
- shellfish culture experience
- ownership or access to necessary equipment and personnel
- possession of all appropriate licenses and permits
- previous performance and compliance with natural resources laws
and other factors that may be relevant.
These requirements are paraphrased from the SC Code of Laws - The actual code can be found SC Code of Laws, Title 50 Chapter 5 (Article 9, Shellfish).
Currently Available Permits
Annual rental fees ($5/acre) and planting quotas (50 bushels/acre) will be based on the listed acreage, which is subject to update annually as new information is received.
A separate application must be submitted for each area of interest. If applying for multiple areas, please assist the review committee by indicating preference order.
Click on the permit number to see a map. Maps are in the PDF format.
|Permit||Location||Acreage||Deadline for Application|
|C-256||Charleston County – Portions of Dewees Creek and tributaries between Hamlin Sound and Copahee Sound||20.9 (intertidal)||12-9-16|
|C-270||Charleston County – Portions of unnamed creeks between Sewee Bay and Price Creek adjacent to the ICWW.||0.9 (intertidal)||12-9-16|
|C-271||Charleston County – Portions of unnamed creeks and flats on the western side of the ICWW adjacent to Sewee Bay||5.9 (intertidal)||12-9-16|
|C-287||Charleston County – Portions of a creek locally known as Yellow Tail Creek and portions of Harbor River||1.8 (intertidal)||12-9-16|
Applications (PDF) should be submitted to:
SC Dept. of Natural Resources
Commercial License Office
P.O. Box 12559
Charleston, S.C. 29422
Applying for a Culture Permit
Each application must be accompanied by a $25 non-refundable application fee.
Application for Shellfish Culture Permit is in the Adobe PDF format. Companies applying for a culture permit must also complete the Company Information for Mariculture/Culture Permits (PDF) form. Successful applicants will be required to complete an Affidavit for Sale of Molluscan Shellfish (PDF) form.
Application forms may also be obtained at these locations:
- DNR License Offices (Columbia, Florence and Charleston)
- DNR Commercial License Agents (Beaufort, Andrews and Little River)
- DNR Marine Permit Office, 217 Ft. Johnson Rd, Charleston
Maps and additional information may also be obtained by calling the Shellfish Management Section (843) 953-9391 or the DNR Marine Fisheries Permitting Office (843) 953-0453 or (843) 953-9311.