Shellfish Interagency Permitting (SIP) Team: Process and Products

Washington Shellfish Initiative:

A blueprint of actions addressing shellfish permitting, research, water quality, restoration, public education and other barriers to restoring and expanding Washington’s shellfish resources.

Julie Horowitz

The Shellfish Interagency Permitting (SIP) Team is one element of the Washington Shellfish Initiative. The intergovernmental team was convened in December 2011 and tasked with improving timeliness of permit decisions while ensuring regulatory compliance. The team continues to meet quarterly and with ad hoc permit workgroups as needed.

Phase I results and recommendations:

10 recommendations to improve shellfish permitting in Washington State:

  1. Establish a state shellfish aquaculture coordinator
  2. Create a centralized mapping and data tracking portal
  3. Develop consistent, practicable, and effective best management practices
  4. Address overall permit timeliness
  5. Continue outreach to growers
  6. Provide technical assistance to local government
  7. Assess permit compliance
  8. Reduce redundancies and improve interagency coordination
  9. Devote funding to support shellfish aquaculture permitting
  10. Designate a lead state agency to manage shellfish aquaculture

Products to improve permit application process:

Permit applicants are encouraged to use the following products when navigating the permit process.  The Flowchart and Narrative illustrate the permit process in its entirety with detailed explanations of each step.  The Joint Aquatic Resource Permit Application (JARPA) Instructions and the Drawing Checklist will ensure a complete application package is developed. The JARPA serves as a one-stop application for federal, state and local permitting and use of the SIP Team products makes the process even more efficient.

The SIP Team also offers a joint consultation with natural resource agencies and tribes to permit applicants. A joint consultation can increase consistency of responses, reduce permitting costs, and avoid redundancy in the process.

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