Missouri Tilapia Culture

There are several tilapia farms in Missouri that are raising tilapia for food and to supply fingerlings to other growers:

Tilapia are being raised in Missouri at Overlook Farm, Clarksville, MO

White Brook Tilapia Farm, Kansas City, MO has tilapia fingerlings for sale, including the following:
  • White Brook White Nile Tilapia™ (Oreochromis Niloticus)
  • Blue Tilapia (Oreochromis Aureus)
  • Hawaiian Gold Tilapia™ (Oreochromis Mossambicus)
  • Red Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis Niloticus)
  • Wild Color Mozambique Tilapia (Oreochromis Mossambicus)

Duda-Lang Farm, House Springs, MO raises tilapia for sale as part of an aquaponic farm.

S&S Aqua Farm, West Plains, MO raises tilapia in a closed, aquaponic system, along with vegetables.

Regulations

Permission from the Missouri Department of Conservation is required to raise tilapia. If your system doesn’t recirculate 100%, you will need to call the Missouri Department of Conservation regional office near you and have them inspect your system. Since tilapia are not on the ‘approved’ list, they need to be held in closed systems.

The section of interest in the regulations can be found at http://www.sos.mo.gov/adrules/csr/current/3csr/3c10-9.pdf. What constitutes a ‘closed’ system is in section 3 CSR 10-9.110(3)(E)4 and states, “Fish held only in aquaria, tanks or other containers having water discharged only into septic systems or municipal waste treatment facilities that are designed and operated according to guidelines of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources or that entirely recirculate all of the water so that none of it shall drain into a water body.” Beyond MDC’s regulations, there would be no other permits or fees specific to tilapia.

Information supplied by: Bart Hawcroft, Missouri Department of Agriculture

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