Aquaculture Permitting on the West Coast
Numerous permits must be obtained to culture marine and anadromous species on the West Coast. The specific permits required vary by project location and the species to be cultured.
For aquaculture in state waters, permits are generally required from state and federal agencies and may include coordination with local tribes. Permits may also be required from local counties. For aquaculture in Federal waters, permits are required from federal agencies and will include coordination with states.
Please contact NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Region Aquaculture Coordinators for additional guidance.
- Washington/Oregon: Dan Tonnes at Dan.Tonnes@noaa.gov
- California: Diane Windham at Diane.Windham@noaa.gov