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Louisiana Aquaculture Contacts

Agencies / Regulatory

Inland Fisheries Division
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000

Education and Extension

C. Greg Lutz
Specialist/Professor
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
Aquaculture Research Station
2410 Ben Hur Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA  70820
Tel: 225-765-2848 / Fax 225-765-2877
Email: GLutz@agcenter.lsu.edu

Louisiana SeaGrant

Marketing & Economics

Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board
Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 310
New Orleans, La 70122
Tel: 504-286-8736 / Fax: 504-286-8738
Email: info@louisianaseafood.com

Louisiana Tilapia Culture

In Louisiana, tilapia cannot be raised in outdoor ponds; their production is limited by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to indoor recirculating systems under strictly controlled conditions to prevent accidental introduction of these species into natural waters.

Regulations

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries allows for the culture of tilapia only under strictly controlled conditions. To avoid potential negative impacts to native species, tilapia must be grown only in indoor tanks, with a number of safeguards to eliminate the possibility of escape into the wild. The development of low water-use filtration systems has allowed several commercial production systems to go into operation in recent years. The following are highlights from the Rules and Regulations on Importation, Culture, Possession and Disposal of Tilapia in Louisiana, promulgated by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries:

  • All aspects of tilapia culture systems and processing facilities shall be completely enclosed so that predation from birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles is precluded.

  • All water utilized in the culture of tilapia (adult fish, juvenile fish, fry or fish eggs) shall be accounted for and shall be filtered, screened and/or sterilized prior to leaving the culture system and the permittee’s property in such a manner as the Department deems adequate to prevent any possibility of escape from the system.

  • All aspects of tilapia culture facilities must be at least one foot above the 100-year flood elevation. Additionally, the Department may require a surface hydrological assessment of the proposed site at permittee’s expense.

  • All aspects of tilapia culture facilities must be at least one foot above the 100-year flood elevation. Additionally, the Department may require a surface hydrological assessment of the proposed site at permittee’s expense.

  • It shall be the responsibility of the permittee to have at least one individual who is familiar with the culture system readily available for emergencies, inspections, etc.

  • For each occurrence when the permittee wishes to import, export, transport, possess, transfer or sell live tilapia, the permittee must obtain, in writing, approval from the Department. In addition, if live tilapia are transported into or within the state of Louisiana, anyone taking possession of these live tilapia must also have a tilapia permit. Live tilapia showing signs of diseases shall not be transported into or within the State of Louisiana. Among other key points, approval requests shall include electrophoretic certification which must identify stock(s) to the species or hybrid level.

  • The cost of a Tilapia Permit shall be $50.00, plus the actual cost of the on-site inspection. Qualified universities conducting research approved by the Department shall be exempt from the fee charge. In order for the permit to be valid, a Fish Farming License from the Department is required. Permits are valid for 12 months, and are not transferable from person to person, or property to property.

The Department may employ whatever means it deems necessary to prevent the release or escapement of tilapia or their eggs into the environment. In the event that tilapia should escape or be accidentally released, the permittee shall agree to reimburse the Department for all costs including, but not limited to, man hours and materials utilized during corrective actions. In order to assure the Secretary that the permittee will fulfill their financial obligation, the permittee shall, at the option of the Department, post a $25,000 performance bond, or present a letter of credit from a financial institution stating that the $25,000 is available to the Department on a certificate of deposit.

Complete information on the permitting process in Louisiana can be obtained from:

Permits
Supervisor, Inland Fisheries Division
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000

Source: Greenhouse Tilapia Production in Louisiana