Limited Purpose "Experimental" Aquaculture Lease Application

Updated August 29, 2023

An "experimental" lease permits the lease holder to culture finfish, shellfish, and/or marine algae on up to 4 acres for commercial or scientific purposes. An experimental lease has a duration of 3 years. Experimental leases for commercial purposes cannot be renewed  Experimental leases for scientific purposes are renewable.

Diagram of the experimental lease application process (PDF file, 1 page)

Common Aquaculture Lease Application Mistakes (PDF file, 2 pages)

Applications must be submitted using the forms currently hosted on this website.  Please be sure your submission reflects the most current version of the respective form. Submissions that are made on discontinued forms may be returned to the applicant.