Aquaculture Publications & Resources

​The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection offers access to an array of publications and resources and provides industry contacts for Wisconsin aquaculturists, whether you're just getting started or ready to bring your products to market.​


Managing Wisconsin Fish Ponds

The University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension produces this 82-page manual, which covers designing and building ponds, choosing species, managing cold and warm water ponds for sport fishing, optimizing fish health, assuring pond safety and controlling aquatic plants.

Fish Farming: Some Industry Perspectives

​The University of Wisconsin Extension and North Central Regional Aquaculture Center produced this video, a companion to the manual above. View a copy at your county Extension office or write to NCRAC, Iowa State University, 124 Science II, Ames, IA 50011-3221. Cost is $20.

Aquaculture Bookmarks

View and print colorful bookmarks that show some popular species raised on Wisconsin fish farms and provide some facts about aquaculture.

​Sturgeon Report

This Legislative report outlines some regulatory options for commercial rearing of lake sturgeon. You will need a PDF reader to view it.​

Handbook for Processing Fish for Small-Scale Fish Farmers​​​

This handbook highlights the necessary elements of processing fish to guide any interested fish farmer or entrepreneur.


Wisconsin Aquaculture Association

The WAA promotes, educates and advocates for economic vitality and environmental sustainability of aquaculture in Wisconsin.

​National Aquaculture Association

A non-profit, tax exempt organization whose purpose is to work with all segments of the US aquaculture community for the purpose of national representation of mutual interests.

​North Central Regional Aquaculture Center

Information for the North Central United States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

United States Trout Farmers Association

The oldest commercial aquaculture trade organization in the United States, organized in 1954 by a group of trout farmers interested in creating a strong, unified voice for the national trout industry.

Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute

Since 1968, the Wisconsin Sea Grant program has been dedicated to the wise stewardship and sustainable use of Great Lakes and ocean resources.

​World Aquaculture Society

Contributes to the progressive and sustainable development of aquaculture worldwide with a commitment to excellence in science, technology, education, and information exchange.​​

​Additional Resources

Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish (ELAP)​​

ELAP provides financial assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish for losses due to disease, certain adverse weather events or loss conditions, including blizzards and wildfires.

Aquaculture in Action​

Aquaculture in Action is an educational program for K-12 science teachers developed by Maryland Sea Grant and University of Maryland Extension​​.