Delaware shellfish farming program lottery not quite complete
KATIE PEIKES, Delaware Public Media/WDDE
Shellfish enthusiasts and watermen will have to wait a little longer to get their leases because officials with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) said the person drawn first in the lottery wasn’t there.
The order in which people will select leases was set and the 58 watermen who applied will be contacted by phone over the next couple of weeks to choose their acres.
Beyond the delayed efforts to finalize acre assignments, many people like Tim Sage from Lincoln still have concerns about the program. Sage said he is concerned about how bountiful some acres located closer to land will be for shellfish farming.
“Some of them look very shallow so I don’t know how that would fare for winter time if you have a real low tide and you have exposed shellfish they could possibly freeze,” Sage said.