Environment | Oregon

Fish And Wildlife Planning DIY Tilapia Rules

OPB | Oct. 8, 2012 6 a.m. | Portland

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Urban farmers are known for keeping backyard chickens and growing their own veggies, but DIY tilapia? That’s new. OPB’s Cassandra Profita reports.


The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has picked up on an emerging trend in the local food movement.

More and more people are calling the agency to ask if they can raise their own tilapia at home.

Rick Boatner fields the calls for the agency.

 “People want to get back to raising their own food and be self sufficient,” Boatner says.

But until now the state only offered permits for commercial tilapia farmers.

“We needed a mechanism to allow people to use it for personal consumption.”

So, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to create a set of rules for homegrown tilapia.

Now, home growers can get started with a $12 fish transportation permit.

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