Marine - Shellfish Culture Permits
SCDNR may grant permits to any state resident for the exclusive use of state bottoms or waters for commercial shellfish culture.
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.
The permit number is a hyperlink to a map which is an Adobe PDF file. Adobe® Reader® is required to open these files and is available as a free download from the Adobe® Web site.
|Permit||Location||Acreage||Deadline for Application|
|C169||Charleston County - Intertidal portions of Wadmalaw Sound, Wadmalaw River, and Oyster House Creek.||29.8 (Intertidal)||December 1, 2014|
|No applications were received for the areas below. These remain available on a first come, first served basis.|
|C030||Beaufort County - Intertidal bottoms in portions of Broad Creek between Bram Point and Lighthouse Landing.||14.5 (Intertidal)||First come, first served|
|C167||Charleston County - Intertidal portions of Dawho River adjacent to Slann Island.||11.7 (Intertidal)||First come, first served|
|C172||Charleston County-Intertidal portions of oyster mud flats near Wadmalaw Island at the junction of Wadmalaw River and North Edisto River.||28.0 (Intertidal)||First come, first served|
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 DNR Shellfish Management Section (843) 953-9841 or 953-9391 or the DNR Marine Fisheries Permitting Office (843) 953-9311.