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MOREHEAD CITY – If you own a pier or dock in North Carolina coastal waters and are interested in growing oysters, the state has got a deal for you.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is launching a much-anticipated program allowing qualified applicants to grow oysters in containers under docks and piers.
To be eligible for the free Under Dock Oyster Culture permit, applicants’ piers must be located in waters open to shellfish harvest. Applicants must also review an educational manual and pass a quiz in order to ensure they understand the legal requirements and safety precautions that must be taken when harvesting oysters.

The application package is available from DMF offices or online at

Successful applicants will be allowed to grow native oysters in containers or cages attached underneath their docks. Oyster gardeners may consume the shellfish they grow, but sale of these oysters is prohibited.

For more information on this program, please contact Craig Hardy at [email protected] or by calling 800-682-2632 or 252-726-7021.
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