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Missouri Aquaculture Contacts

Agencies / Regulatory

Missouri Department of Agriculture
Bart Hawcroft
PO Box 630, 1616 Missouri Boulevard
Jefferson City MO 65102
Tel: (573) 526-6666 Fax: (573) 526-9573 fax
Email: bart.hawcroft@mda.mo.gov

Missouri Department of Agriculture
Animal Health Division
Dr. Linda Hickam
PO Box 630, 1616 Missouri Boulevard
Jefferson City MO 65102
Tel: (573) 526-0860
Email: Animal.Health@mda.mo.gov

Missouri Department of Conservation
Lost Valley Fish Hatchery
Lesly Conaway
28232 Hatchery Avenue
Warsaw MO 65102
Tel: (660) 438-4465
Email: lesly.conaway@mdc.mo.gov

USDA APHIS, Wildlife Services
Seth Swafford
1714 Commerce Court, Suite C
Columbia MO 65202
Tel: (573) 449-3033 x 15 / Fax: (573) 449-4382
Email: seth.swafford@aphis.usda.gov www.aphis.usda.gov

Education and Extension

Lincoln University
Cooperative Research Program
PO Box 29
Jefferson City MO 65102
Tel: (573) 681-5540 / Fax: (573) 295-4372

Dr. Jonathan Egilla, Tel: 573.681.5621.
Dr. Jim Wetzel, Tel: 573.635.2894
Chuck Hicks. Tel: 573.681.5540

Missouri Alternatives Center
Debi Kelly
University Extension
531 Clark Hall
Columbia MO 65211
Tel: (800) 433-3704
Email: kellyd@umsystem.edu

North Central Region Aquaculture Center (NCRAC)
Dr. Ted Batterson
Michigan State University
13 Natural Resources Building
East Lansing MI 48824
Tel: (517) 353-1962 /Fax: (517) 353-7181
Email: batters2@pilot.msu.edu

North Central Region Aquaculture Extension Specialist
Dr. Chris Weeks
Michigan State University
13 Natural Resources Building
East Lansing MI 48824
Tel: (517) 353-2298 / Fax: (517) 353-7181
Email: weekschr@msu.edu

Affiliated Associations

Missouri Aquaculture Association
PO Box 6864
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Email: info@moaquaculture.org

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.


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