Opportunities for More Efficient Permitting of Commercial Shellfish Aquaculture Under General Permits
This document was developed as a reference for federal agencies involved in the permitting process, and focuses on the General Permit procedural issues related to Endangered Species Act and Essential Fish Habitat compliance.
This document provides information about permits issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) for commercial shellfish aquaculture. Once in place, a Corps General Permit provides a simplified alternative to an individual Corps permit for eligible commercial shellfish aquaculture farms.
Although a commercial shellfish farm must meet additional federal, state, local, and tribal requirements, the General Permit provides a streamlined approach to fulfilling the main requirements under federal laws and regulations.