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You need a licence from the Department for Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) for exclusive marine shellfish cultivation and taking rights for a specified area in Northern Ireland.

You must hold a fish culture licence (for the cultivation of shellfish at a marine site) to apply.

A licence provides legal protection for your shellfish operation.

How to apply

Download an application form from the DARD website.

You’ll need to give:

  • your details
  • company details
  • site co-ordinates
  • production details
  • design, layout and operations at site
  • measures for protection of wildlife

You’ll need to provide supporting information, including:

  • a chart with the exact co-ordinates and size of the site
  • confirmation of ownership or lease of the site, or letters of intent of sale or lease from owner, or a copy of the lease or consent in principle from the Crown Estate Commissioners or other owner of the seabed or foreshore
  • written confirmation from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency that the proposed development will not create a navigational hazard
  • a business plan of your proposed operation

Your first licence will be limited to 5 years.