Commercial Aquaculture

Getting Started in Aquaculture

This website includes technical and regulatory information to assist prospective producers who are getting started in aquaculture in Connecticut.

Aquaculture Forms and Guidance

MARINE AQUACULTURE

Marine aquaculture permitting involves authorization to use the physical farming space, as well as authorization to use the structures (e.g. cultivation gear). Prospective farmers are encouraged to use the Aquaculture Mapping Atlas to inform their site selection process. The Atlas contains human use and environmental data that is important to consider when planning for aquaculture.

Permission to use space

Anyone interested in conducting commercial aquaculture or aquaculture-related research, outreach or restoration projects must acquire permission to use that space. Typically, the mechanism for using such space is a lease or license agreement. To determine available area in town waters, contact the local shellfish commission (see list below). For state waters, please contact: CT DA/BA at (203) 874-0696 x 103 or david.carey@ct.gov

Permission to use gear systems

To use cultivation gear (e.g. bags, cages, long lines, predator netting, etc.), you must submit a Joint Application for Marine Aquaculture (see below) which must be submitted to the State Aquaculture Coordinator located at the office of the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Aquaculture in Milford, CT.

Application Forms

  1. Joint Application for Marine Aquaculture (version 05/23/19)
  2. Natural Diversity Database (NDDB) Form
  3. ENGR 4345 Form
  4. Coastal Zone Management Statement
  5. Application for Scientific/Resource Assessment License
  6. Eelgrass Survey Guidance (version 08/11/16)

For questions or other business related forms, please contact the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Aquaculture at (203) 874-0696 or email: david.carey@ct.gov.

 

INLAND AQUACULTURE

 

Regulatory Contacts

CT Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Aquaculture (DA/BA)
David Carey and Shannon Kelly (203) 874-0696

CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)
Krista Romero (860) 424-3399
Brian Golembiewski

CT DEEP, Fisheries Division
David Ellis

CT DEEP, Boating Safety Division
Mike Payton

US Army Corps of Engineers
Cori M. Rose
Taylor Bell

Town Shellfish Commissions – click here for individual town contacts

 

Extension Service
Connecticut Sea Grant and UConn Extension:
Tessa Getchis  (860) 405-9104 – shellfish/finfish aquaculture, permitting
Anoushka Concepcion (860) 405-9105 – seaweed aquaculture
Nancy Balcom (860) 405-9107 – seafood safety, HACCP training
Robert Pomeroy (860) 405-9215 – agricultural economics, marine ornamentals

 

Aquaculture Species and Systems

Farmers are restricted to the use of native species only. Any product including eggs, larvae, seed, broodstock and shell must be source from Long Island Sound or Connecticut or Long Island, New York-based hatcheries. Special permission may be obtained to import aquaculture product. Contact the CT DA/BA for details.

To learn more about aquaculture systems and species click here: https://agresearch.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_docs/104-2008%20Aquaculture%20systems.pdf. To learn more about cultivation gear, practices and concerns (e.g. pests, predators, diseases, etc. relative to this region of the U.S., take a look at the Northeast Aquaculture Management Guide:  http://agresearch.umd.edu/nrac/northeastern-us-aquaculture-management-guide

 

Seafood Safety Training

All aquaculture operations are required to have someone trained in seafood safety (sanitation). The Connecticut Sea Grant program offers this course in the spring and fall. Plan early as courses do fill up quickly. See:  https://seagrant.uconn.edu/focus-areas/sustainable-fisheries/seafoodsafety/ for basic seafood HACCP class. For info, contact Nancy Balcom nancy.balcom@uconn.edu at 860-405-9107.

 

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