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Shellfish Aquaculture Laws

Environmental Conservation Law §13-0302, which was enacted on September 14, 2004, ceded to the County of Suffolk approximately 100,000 acres of underwater land in Peconic Bay and Gardiners Bay for the purpose of establishing a shellfish aquaculture lease program.

Environmental Conservation Law §13-0302 (2004 Leasing Law)

Suffolk County adopted Resolution No. 646-2009 on August 19, 2009, which enacted 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). As a result of the Ten Year Review of the Lease Program, the County adopted Resolution No 71-2021 A Local Law to Amend, Update and Reorganize Chapter 475 Article II of the Suffolk County Code and adopted the recommended revisions to the Shellfish Cultivation Zone and Administrative Guidance Document.

Chapter 475, Article II of the Suffolk County Code

Map of the Peconic and Gardiner Bay from 1935

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