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.
|Permit||Location||Acreage||Deadline for application|
|C-047||Beaufort County - Intertidal portions of Mackay Creek||14.5 (intertidal)||February 21, 2020|
|Beaufort County – Intertidal portions of tributary of Mackay Creek||19.5 (intertidal)||February 21, 2020|
|C-062||Beaufort County – Intertidal portions of Bird Island and Euhaw Creeks||22.3 (intertidal)||February 21, 2020|
|C-069||Beaufort County – Intertidal portions of East Branch and Boyd Creeks off Broad River||6.8 (intertidal)||
February 21, 2020
|C-106||Beaufort County – Intertidal portions of Harbor River flats||27.0 (intertidal)||February 21, 2020|
|C-157||Charleston County – Intertidal portions of Ocella & South Creeks and North Edisto River||13.7 (intertidal)||February 21, 2020|
|C-166||Charleston County – intertidal portions of Wadmalaw Sound||12.0 (intertidal)||February 21, 2020|
|C-168||Charleston County – intertidal portions of Wadmalaw Sound and Oyster House Creek||14.0 (intertidal)||February 21, 2020|
|C-169||Charleston County – intertidal portions of Wadmalaw Sound||23.5 (intertidal)||February 21, 2020|
|C-173||Charleston County – intertidal portions of North Edisto River and Leadenwah Creek||30.0 (intertidal)||February 21, 2020|
|C-230||Charleston County – intertidal and subtidal portions of Inlet and Swinton Creeks||4.8 (intertidal)
|February 21, 2020|
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.