Those interested in applying for a shellfish lease have a month to get their applications in to the state Division of Marine Fisheries before the application period closes.
The applications must be either postmarked or dropped off at the Division Headquarters Office at 3441 Arendell St., Morehead City, by 5 p.m. Aug. 1.
The division accepts shellfish bottom lease and water column applications annually from March 1 through Aug. 1.
Learn more and download a lease application at the division’s Shellfish Lease and Franchise Program webpage.
For more information, contact Owen Mulvey-McFerron, Shellfish Lease and Aquaculture Program coordinator, at Owen.Mulvey-McFerron@ncdenr.gov or 252-269-3082.