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California Aquaculture Agencies and Support Institutions

Because aquaculture is tied to both food supply and environmental health and well being, so the commercialization of aquaculture is controlled by a number of regulatory agencies in the state of California.

California Regulations of Aquaculture

California's industry operates under the jurisdiction of a number of State agencies, the primary two being the
  • California Departments of Fish & Game (CDFG)
  • California Department of Health Services (CDHS)

Shellfish Industry

The CDFG is the lead agency. Health Services (CDHS) has regulatory authority over all health and sanitation aspects of the shellfish industry, including growing waters, harvesting, processing, and shipping of products.

Aquaculture Industry Association

The industry association is the California Aquaculture Association (CAA). The CAA works with agencies and the State Legislature to improve the industry's position in the state. Its members work with state and regional aquaculture funding institutions and researchers to address technical problems and insure an adequate research base for future industry growth.

Research and Economic Development

Dr. Conte is an Extension Aquaculture Specialist in the Department of Animal Science, Univ. of California, Davis (916) 752-7490.

For more information on aquaculture topics such as channel catfish, state laws, permits, fish pond management, and trout please contact your local county Cooperative Extension office. The county office will work with the UC Davis staff to provide you with available information.