Department of Natural Resources Creates New App to Locate Key Oyster Sites

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Figure 1 – Screenshot showing iShellfish homescreen, Maryland DNR website.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced the development of a new mobile app, iShellfish, to provide interactive maps for commercial watermen and other users to locate areas they need to find or avoid while on Maryland’s waterways.

Image 2 – Photo of harvested oysters, Delmarva Fisheries Association website.

Maryland DNR developed the app last year in response to a bill passed by the Maryland Legislature and signed into law in May, 2021. The app helps individuals on the waters of the state determine their location in real time relative to: aquaculture leases; demonstration leases; fixed fishing devices such as registered pound net sites; natural clam or oyster bars; oyster sanctuaries; public shellfish fishery areas; submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) protection zones; Yates bars; or any other data areas the department deems relevant to the end user.

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