• Completing and NPDES Permit Application in MiWaters PDF icon

    If your facility will be discharging wastewater to a lake, stream, river or surface body of water, you will want to also review the “Completing and NPDES Permit Application in MiWaters” document. This will walk your thorough the steps of completing a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit Application using the online MiWaters permit application.

  • Michigan Commercial Aquaculture Regulatory Resource Book (August 2018) PDF icon

    This resource book identifies potential permits, licenses, registrations, and requirements (i.e., regulations) that may be applicable to a commercial aquaculture facility in Michigan. Although written for aquaculture facilities, it is also relevant to commercial aquaponic facilities. These state and federal regulations serve to protect the health of fish, maintain water quality standards, and ensure a sustainable Michigan aquaculture industry. The Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD); Natural Resources (DNR), and Environmental Quality (DEQ) cooperatively implement these regulations and are referred to collectively as the Quality of Life (QOL) Agencies.


  • Start Here: Aquaculture in Michigan, An Overview

    The State of Michigan and the aquaculture industry are working together to grow Michigan's current industry into a major part of Michigan's agriculture sector. Currently, Michigan's aquaculture industry is comprised of farms raising fish for use as bait, stocking ponds, fee fishing, with a small number growing fish for food production. Our state is well positioned to expand the food production aquaculture sector, with our ample water supply, numerous location opportunities, good financing options, and close proximity to the population centers of the US and Canada.

  • Commercial Net-Pen Aquaculture: Science, Regulatory and Economic Reviews