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NCDA&CS Aquaculture License Information

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services issues the aquaculture license.The license is for any person who owns or operates an aquaculture facility for the purpose of possession, production, transportation, sale or commercial catchout.

The license is free and can usually be obtained within two weeks. If you have any questions regarding the license or need assistance in the process, please contact Pete Anderson at (252) 633-1477, or email:

Explanation of the Aquaculture License

License application (.pdf fill in form)

License application (Word doc.)

Example of Completed Form (.pdf)

For species NOT listed on the 'Explanation of the Aquaculture License' above, such as Tilapia, Prawn, Yellow Perch west of I-77 and Hybrid Bass in the Neuse, Tar-Pamlico, Roanoke River Basins, etc, an Authorization Letter from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission is required:
* Information on Non-Approved Species: In accordance with the Aquaculture Development Act of 1997 the culture of any aquatic species not approved in the statute (or not listed as one of the 22 species in the NCDA License Application) is “prohibited from propagation and production unless the applicant for the permit first obtains written permission from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.”  The link below will provide information for you to apply for authorization to culture aquatic species not approved in the legislation:
NCWRC Authorization to Culture Non-Approved Fish Species Application

* If you are planning to install a well in the Central Coastal Plain Capacity Use Area, please contact the NC Division of Water Resources


NCDA&CS Marketing Division, Agribusiness Development - Ron Fish
1020 Mail Service Center Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1020
Phone: (919) 707-3119 – FAX: (919) 733-0999


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