Where to get an application to start an oyster farm in Maine
It took us about 6 months to get all of this information together by working on it a little bit at a time and then another few months to get it approved. It is definitely not something you can fill out in one sitting. In my opinion, make sure you start the process of filling out your application a year before you hope to get your oysters in the water.
We downloaded our application on the State of Maine Department of Marine Resources website:
We downloaded the LPA License Application. The LPA License stands for Limited Purpose Aquaculture and it's for up to 400 square feet of area. In 2015 it was $50 to apply.
Submitting our application for an oyster license
We downloaded our application on the State of Maine's Aquaculture website:
We downloaded the LPA application as well as the Riparian PDF since our site is within 300 feet of property owners on the coast.
The application generally consists of:
Your name and contact Info
The cooridnates of your site
What you'll be farming
Environmental information (eagle's nests nearby, eelgrass)
Depth at high tide and low tide:
You can find this info here: http://www.charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/13290.shtml
Vicinity mapYou can use an enlarged chart from NOAA: http://www.charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/13290.shtml
Description and specs of your gearYou can see examples of this here: http://www.seagrant.umaine.edu/resources-for-shellfish-growers/species/american-oyster
There are also sample drawings in the application.
- Harbormaster or town official
- Riparian signature:
Since our site was within 300 ft of a landowner, we needed to go to the town hall to get a certified town map as well as a certified riparian list and a certified mail receipt.
- Your signature