Aquaculture (Class A and B) Permits are issued annually by the ODNR, Division of Wildlife online and through our District and Sandusky Fisheries and Enforcement Unit offices. Please refer to the Aquaculture Law Digest for information on the Aquaculture (Class A and B) permits. As of March 1, 2015, Aquaculture Permit holders (Class A and B) are required to maintain records of all sales or purchases of aquaculture species for a period of at least two years. Sales or purchases may be recorded on the Aquaculture Sales Record Form (download on the right).
- Out-of-state aquaculture facilities do not need an Ohio aquaculture permit. These facilities are regulated by their resident state. Only an Ohio Fish Transportation Permit and Ohio Department of Agriculture Animal Importation Permit are needed to bring fish into the state.
- Be sure to have your permit in by May 1 if you want to be included on the Propagators List, which is made available to the public on our website and in publication.
- If you want the additional free permits, be sure to indicate on the application.
- You must include both the common name and scientific name of the species you are raising.
- Permit holders raising select Class B species outside of the watershed of concern can use a Class A Aquaculture Permit. See the Aquaculture Law Digest for further information.
- Permit holders may not rear or propagate aquatic species in waters other than those under private control - including any body of water that would allow egress of the fish into public waters or waters of the state without first obtaining written permission from the Chief of the Division of Wildlife or the Chief’s designee.
- Please visit The Ohio State University's Aquaculture Program website or the Ohio Aquaculture Association website for information on fish culture methods, nutritional requirements, aquaculture system design and management, species selection, and water quality management for existing and prospective aquaculturists.