Aquaculture in Maryland
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Aquaculture, the business of farming water plants and animals, is fast becoming an important part of Maryland's agricultural economy. In 1988, when the first aquaculture laws were passed, most of Maryland's aquafarmed products were grown in fresh water ponds. Today, however, this trend is slowly changing to include intensive culture in recirculating tank systems. This new technology makes it possible to have farm-raised fish available throughout the entire year.

In 1996, Maryland aquafarmers grew nearly 237,000 pounds of striped bass (rockfish), 78,000 pounds of catfish, 1,000,000 pounds of tilapia (a mild-flavored finfish), and several million ornamental fish and aquatic plants. Right now, Maryland has more than 150 aquafarms which produce a many kinds of finfish, shellfish and plants.

You can find out where in Maryland most aquaculture is done by checking the chart below.

Catfish Charles & Harford Counties
Hybrid Striped Bass Caroline, Queen Anne's & Somerset Counties
Tilapia Caroline, Harford & Worcester Counties
Trout Frederick & Harford Counties
Ornamental Fish Frederick & Montgomery Counties
Aquatic Plants Frederick & Harford Counties
Oysters Anne Arundel, Queen Anne's & St. Mary's Counties
Crawfish Dorchester & Worcester Counties

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Thank you to the Maryland Department of Agriculture for the information for this page.

© Copyright December 10, 1997, Office of the Secretary of State.
Last Modified October 04, 2002 .