Interested in applying for shellfish aquaculture lease program?

The Suffolk County Department of Planning will hold a meeting Thursday for anyone interested in applying for the Suffolk County Shellfish Aquaculture Lease Program in Peconic Bay and Gardiners Bay for the 2012 lease application cycle.

Private oyster grant owners who wish to cultivate additional species on their grant parcels can also apply and are welcome.

The meeting will be from 4 to 6 p.m. in the first floor conference room of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Kermit W. Graf Building, Griffing Ave., Riverhead.

Department of Planning staff will be available to answer questions.