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Detailed Information for : Fish Farm Registration
Registration required for facilities to hatch fish or hold live fish for sale or distribution, introduction into state waters, fishing, use as bait or fertilizer, use as human food or animal feed, education, demonstration, or research; or to hold live fish or fish eggs owned by another person.  
License Type:
1 year beginning April 1  

One Type 1 Fish Farm $37.50, Two or more Type 1 Fish Farms $50.00; One - Five Type 2 or 3 Fish Farms $125, Six to Ten Type 2 or 3 Fish Farms, $150, 11 - 20 Type 2 or 3 Fish Farms $200, 20 or more Type 2or 3 Fish Farms $300. 


Administrative rules related to this registration can be found at the following web-site:

Required Documentation:

Applicant will complete a fish farm registration application, submit proof of legal name (corporation, partnership, trust, etc.) or social security number form for individuals and married couples, and required fees. 

Additional Information:

Questions?  Call the Aquaculture Program Associate at 608-224-4887 or e-mail


Complete application, submit fees, and forward to: WI DATCP, Division of Animal Health, PO Box 8911, Madison, WI, 53708-8911.

Application Form(s):
To Apply Directly Online:

No online registration available. The application packet for a new Fish Farm Registration is available at:

Wisconsin Statutes:
Administrative Rules/Codes:
Other Agencies Involved:

Some pond maintenance or fish stocking permits and licenses are required by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, please refer to their website for additional details.  Use keywords:  Fish Stocking, or Managing Wisconsin Fish Ponds.

Contact Information
Division of Animal Health
Home Page:
E-mail :
Hours of Operation:
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday  
Mail Address:
PO Box 8911, Madison, WI 53708-8911  
Street Address:
2811 Agriculture Drive, Madison, WI 53718-6777  
Agency Web Site:
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For additional assistance with business-related license, permit and registration information, visit the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at or phone them at 608-263-7680.