Save Our Assawoman

Coalition for Little Assawoman Bay

Public hearing to be held June 8, 6 p.m., Millville Fire Hall


DNREC - Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Section


Pursuant to the provisions of 7 Del. C., 7208, the Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Section of the Division of Water, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (Department) will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday June 8, 2016, commencing at 6:00 PM at the Millville Volunteer Fire Company , 35554 Atlantic Avenue, Millville, DE .

The purpose of the hearing is to solicit the views of interested parties in specific regards to the proposed Statewide Activity Approval (SAA) for Shellfish Aquaculture in specific, designated “Shellfish Aquaculture Development Areas (SADA)”.  If adopted, the Statewide Activity Approval (SAA) would be used to authorize shellfish aquaculture activities within specific portions of the SADA previously established by the Division of Fish and Wildlife under 7 DE Admin Code 3800 Shellfish Aquaculture Regulation.

The areas include Indian River Bay (IR-A), Rehoboth Bay (RB-A, RB-B, RB-C), and Little Assawoman Bay (LA-B and LA-D), specifically.  The intent of the SAA is to facilitate the issuance of subaqueous lands permits in these specific areas in support of the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s commercial shellfish aquaculture program.

The Department previously published public notice of the proposed Statewide Activity Approval and received public comments during the March 23, 2016 to April 12, 2016 comment period.  Subsequently, the Department determined that the public interest warrants holding a public hearing on the proposed Statewide Activity Approval.

Persons wishing to comment on the proposed SAA may present written statements through the close of the public comment period, which is re-opened and extended until the conclusion of the public hearing on June 8, 2016. Persons may also present comment orally or in written form at the hearing. Persons who want to speak at the public hearing are encouraged to register in advance no later than June 6, 2016 and this registration will be used to determine the order of speakers at the public hearing.

Registration and any written comments should be sent either by email to:

Or by mail to:
Robert P. Haynes, Esq
Senior Hearing Officer, Office of the Secretary Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control P.O. Box 1401, 89 Kings Highway Dover, Delaware 19901

If you have any comments, please return this memo to this office by May 31, 2016.

COALITION FOR LITTLE ASSAWOMAN BAY, FENWICK ISLAND, DE 19944   703-606-1344   302-249-5879

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