Applying for Operation Permit
Over-the-Counter Aquatic Farm Designated Areas

The State has designated areas available for aquatic farming that are part of Department of Natural Resources Over-the-Counter (OTC) Program. The public and the state agencies have reviewed and approved of the areas and consider them suitable for aquatic farming. The areas range in size from 5 - 10 acres. You can apply for a proposed aquatic farm sites within an OTC designated areas on a first-come first-served basis through the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). An applicant can propose an aquatic farm site within these designated areas.

You must contact DNR and pay a $25.00 fee to obtain an application packet for a specific designated area. The application asks for information on

  • the acreage requested,
  • the footprint of the proposed site within the area, and
  • summary of your operation and development plans.

Once you have completed the application and provided information you can submit the completed application to DNR with a $100 application filing fee. If the proposed site is on-bottom, a person must include an additional survey fee of $5,000 for subtidal and $2,000 for intertidal to determine the initial abundance of the wild stock on the site of the species intended for culture.

It can take up to 4 months to get an operation permit and is often dependent on the application completeness and issuance of the signed DNR lease. On-bottom proposed aquatic farm site reviews may take longer depending on the application submittal date and the survey schedule.

For more information on the OTC program, please contact the Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Farm Program Manager at (907) 269-8543 or visit the following website: