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Permit-by-rule (PBR) 18 - placement of shellfish cages within a shellfish lease area

The PBR 18 authorizes the placement of shellfish cages in an area subject to a valid shellfish lease pursuant to N.J.S.A. 50:1-23, provided:

  • There is a minimum of 4; of water between the top of any cage and the water surface at mean low water;
  • The cages are continuously checked and repaired to ensure that they are not displaced off the lease area;
  • The cages are constructed of non-polluting materials; and
  • No activity undertaken pursuant to the PBR shall prevent the catching and taking of free swimming fish from the tidal waters of the State in any lawful manner pursuant to N.J.S.A. 50:1-33.

Full details are provided at N.J.A.C.7:7-4.18.

If your project does not meet the requirements of the PBR 1, it may qualify for a General Permit or an Individual Permit.  Additional information on these permit types can be found on the Coastal Permitting page.

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