Aquaculture LPA and Lease Requirements

  LPA license Experimental Lease Standard Lease
What can I grow? Certain shellfish species specified in rule, green sea urchins, and marine algae. Any species already present in Maine Any species already present in Maine
How much space can I occupy? Û 400 sq ft of area, excluding moorings: length x width (e.g. a 20'x20' raft) Up to 4 acres, can be bottom or suspended or both Up to 100 acres, can be bottom or suspended or both
How long can the lease or license last? All LPAs expire Dec 31 each year Up to 3 years Up to 20 years
How much will it cost?

$100/ year for Residents

$400/ year for Non-residents

Application Fee: $750 + Rent:
Application Fee: $2,000 (Discharge), $1,500 (non-discharge) + Rent: $100/acre/yr
What types of gear can I use? Certain types specified in rule, (e.g. rafts, soft bags, tray racks, lantern nets, upwellers) Any, as long as appropriate for site Any, as long as appropriate for site
Is my product legally protected from poaching? Yes Yes Yes
Do I need to get a bond or escrow account? No Yes Yes
Site visit required? No Yes, but typically no dive Yes, including dive
Will I have to have a scoping session and public hearing? No. Only harbormaster signature required (in towns without a harbormaster, a municipal official signature is required) Maybe. A scoping session is at DMR's discretion. A public hearing must be held if 5 or more people request a hearing Yes. Scoping sessions and public hearings are required.
Expandable? No No Yes
Renewable? Yes No (except for scientific research) Yes; $1500 renewal application fee
Additional information Good tool for nursery sites, trying new areas, relay sites, hobby or small operations. Renewed each year - town and nearby landowners can comment each year, so not guaranteed to continue from year to year. If a standard lease application is filed before the expiration of the experimental lease, the experimental lease continues until DMR makes a decision on the standard lease application. Public process is extensive, but this is the best tool for long-term operations.