Kansas Tilapia Culture

“This section reviews some of the aquatic species that constitute the existing and future Kansas aquaculture industry. Species suitable for foodfish, sportfish, and baitfish are discussed. Not every species listed is appropriate for every production system or producer. The salient features associated with each species listed are appropriate for every production system or producer. The salient features associated with each species are briefly summarized.

In addition to aquaculture species, a discussion of exotic species, genetic engineering, and fish diseases is also presented. The treatment of these subjects is not exhaustive but should provide a general awareness ofcmrently cultured aquatic species, species of future interest, as well as some of the problems and opportunities impacting the Kansas aquaculture industry.

In considering species suitable for Kansas aquaculture, several key factors must be addressed:

1. The quality and quantity of economic and natural resources available in the state.
2. The technical and biological limitations’of production.
3. The marketability ofthe cultured species.
4. Production economics.

Some of Kansas’ best hopes for aquaculture growth and expansion lie with regionally popular and readily marketable species. These include catfish, hybrid striped bass, tilapia, grass carp, crayfish, baitfish, and possibly salmon and trout”  Source: Kansas Aquaculture: Strategy for Development

Regulations

Tilapia can be legally raised in Kansas. The State of Kansas has only one regulation effecting fish farming and that is a prohibited species list.  None of the plants or animals on the list may be possessed without a permit from the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

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