Frequently Asked Questions

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Those aquaculture facilities that broker, propagate, sell, trade, or transport live native or nonnative fish or viable gametes.


Exceptions:

  • Facilities that sell fish meant for the pet or aquarium trade
  • Brokers that never take physical possession of live fish or viable gametes
  • Persons that sell live fish for use as food; the fish must be from a tank that is not connected to state waters
  • Bait dealers who obtain live fish from a source that has been inspected and certified free of disease by Colorado Parks and Wildlife
     
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You will need to fill out an Aquaculture Permit Application and submit it with your $100 fee on a yearly basis

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The Department of Agriculture only issues aquaculture permits. Depending on the nature of your business, you may need to check with Colorado Parks and Wildlife  to see if you need any import, stocking, or other permits.

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All fish coming into the state and all fish in the state must be tested for Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS). Colorado Parks and Wildlife may require testing or inspection for other diseases. To request an inspection of your facility, contact Mandy Colburn at (970) 534-3468.

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 Colorado Parks and Wildlife  has regulations pertaining to the stocking of fish in Colorado.

 

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An Aquaculture Permit from the Colorado State Department-Division of Animal Industry is required if you intend to transport live fish off of your property for commercial use. If dead fish leave your property, if you consume the fish yourself or if your consumer takes the fish (alive or dead) off of the property to consume, an Aquaculture Permit is not required.

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An aquaponics facility is considered to be a closed, self-contained system. Therefore, a fish health inspection is required only if you are stocking fish in the waters of the state.

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There are no regulations about intermingling species in an enclosure, however if you sell either Goldfish or Koi as pet animals to the public or to retail aquarium stores, you will be required to obtain a Pet Animal Care Facilities Act License from our office. 
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Our office does not govern the plant life aspect of aquaponics – please contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture – Division of Plant Industry in order to obtain answers about selling the produce.
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If you intend to import your fry, then an importation license would need to be obtained from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.