What is Aquaculture?

Aquaculture is the cultivation of aquatic plants and animals. In Connecticut, aquaculture includes a diverse range of operations, from growing shellfish on underwater leases in Long Island Sound to raising fish in inland freshwater tank farms. Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production system in the world, and helps to sustainably increase production to meet the demands of growing global human population.
Learn more about aquaculture in Connecticut.
Learn more about the state of world fisheries and aquaculture production.

The Department of Agriculture/Bureau of Aquaculture is responsible for ensuring that Connecticut shellfish are safe for consumption and regulating aquaculture operations. Learn more about the Bureau of Aquaculture.