Aquaculture Leases in Maine

The process for obtaining marine aquaculture leases in Maine

The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is in charge of evaluating and approving aquaculture leases in any subtidal marine waters in state waters (within 3 miles of shore). The main DMR aquaculture is here. It gives information on the types of leases and their descriptions, and it seems redundant to repeat all of this information here. However, you should know that there are three types of leases: limited purpose, experimental, and standard. These leases move upward in terms of the lease time and size, but also in the steps to obtain a lease.

DMR has a page devoted to how the public can participate, including a brochure and diagrams of the process that can be accessed from this webpage.

Just to give you an idea of the steps, here is the flow chart for a standard (the largest and most complex) lease: