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Posted on: April 17, 2017

Public Notice - Shellfish Aquaculture Lease Sites

COUNTY OF SUFFOLK
Steven Bellone
SUFFOLK COUNTY EXECUTIVE
Department of Economic Development and Planning
Theresa Ward
Commissioner
Division of Planning
and Environment
Issue Date: April 12,2017
Expiration Date: June 12, 2017
SUFFOLK COUNTY SHELLFISH AQUACULTURE LEASE PROGRAM IN
PECONIC BAY AND GARDINERS BAY
PUBLIC NOTICE
REQUEST FOR WRITTEN COMMENTS ON PROPOSED SHELLFISH AQUACULTURE LEASE SITES
Notice is hereby given that the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and
Planning has received 23 applications for shellfish aquaculture leases in Peconic and Gardiners
Bay pursuant to Local Law 25-2009, A Local Law Establishing the Suffolk County Shellfish
Aquaculture Lease Program in Peconic Bay and Gardiners Bay (Chapter 475, Article II of the
Suffolk County Code). Applicants were asked to select up to three preferred lease site locations
in priority order, thus identifying 69 proposed lease sites. These applications were solicited under
the 2017 Lease Application Cycle from prospective shellfish farmers who are interested in
obtaining access to underwater lands for the controlled raising, breeding, growing, and
containment of shellfish through on-bottom and/or off-bottom culture techniques for a term of 10
years. Prior to deploying any shellfish culture gear on their lease site, leaseholders must receive
permits from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and other pertinent
regulatory agencies.
Due to the annual acreage cap limitation, eight 10-acre lease sites can potentially be leased under
this Application Cycle (total of 80 acres). All proposed sites are located within the adopted
Shellfish Cultivation Zone. Pertinent information on each of the 23 applications received,
numbered SCALP 17-01-01 to SCALP 17-01-23, is contained in Attachment A of this Public
Notice. Although 23 lease applications were received, it is emphasized that only eight 10-acre
sites can potentially be leased under the 2017 Lease Application Cycle.
PUBLIC COMMENT:
This Public Notice and the locations of the proposed lease sites may be reviewed at the address
listed below, or by accessing the Aquaculture Lease Program Website:
http ://sufrolkcountyny. govIDepartments/Planning/Divisions/EnvironmentalPlanninglAguacultur
eLeaseProgram/Pub1icNotices.aspx
H. LEE DENNISON BLDG. 100 VETERANS MEMORIAL HWY, 2nd Fl. P.O. BOX 6100. HAUPPAUGE, NY 11788-0099. (631) 853-5191
All comments regarding the lease applications must be prepared in writing and mailed to the
contact person listed below by close of business on June 12, 2017. Such comments should be
targeted to a specific lease site(s ) by referencing the applicable Lease Site Map ill #(s), as shown
on Attachment A in this Public Notice. The comments should include supporting documentation
and data to the maximum extent possible. Those parties raising an objection to the leasing of a
particular site or sites based on reasons of natural productivity and commercial fishery, should
send a notarized letter , stating the particular reason(s) for the objection. Documentation
supporting the claim should also be provided, including a copy of the parties' commercial harvest
license , and documentation on harvests and sales , as applicable.
Contact : Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning
Division of Planning and Environment
H. Lee Dennison Bldg. - 2nd Floor
100 Veterans Memorial Highway
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788-0099
ATTN: Susan Filipowich
Should any questions arise on the content of this Public Notice, please contact Ms. Susan
Filipowich ofmy staff at 631-853-4775.
Sarah Lansdale, A.I.C.P.
Director
Division of Planning and Environment
H. LEE DENNISON BLDG. 100 VETERANS MEMORIAL HWY, 2nd FI • P.O. BOX 6100. HAUPPAUGE, NY 11788-0099. (631) 853-5191
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