Basic Information on Starting an Aquaculture Facility
Laws: The Michigan
Aquaculture Development Act (Act 199, Public Acts 1996) gives the Michigan Department of Agriculture
(MDA) the authority to regulate aquaculture facilities.
Definitions: The act defines an aquaculture facility as a
farm or farm operation engaged in any aspect of aquaculture in privately
controlled waters capable of holding all life stages of aquaculture species
with a barrier or enclosure to prevent their escape into waters of the
Records: Aquaculture facilities are required to maintain records of
production, purchases, and imports.
Exemptions: retail bait outlets, retail ornamental fish
facilities, persons using privately controlled waters for noncommercial
purposes, public aquariums or zoos, and portable retail fishing concessions--all
are exempt from aquaculture registration.
Registering an Aquaculture Facility: Once
you have an aquaculture facility built and ready to go, then you must register
that facility with the Michigan Department of Agriculture (unless that facility
is exempt--see above). To register a facility, go here.
Starting an Aquaculture Facility: For information on
starting and operating an aquaculture facility,
For more information contact:
Phone: (906) 228-4830
Fax: (906) 228-4572
702 Chippewa Square
Marquette, MI 49855-4811
Fisheries and Fish Culture Specialist Professor
Michigan State University
Cooperative Extension Service
Department of Fisheries and Wildlive
9A Natural Resources Building
East Lansing, MI 48824