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15.85.010  <<  15.85.020 >>   15.85.030

RCW 15.85.020


Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter.

     (1) "Aquaculture" means the process of growing, farming, or cultivating private sector cultured aquatic products in marine or freshwaters and includes management by an aquatic farmer.

     (2) "Aquatic farmer" is a private sector person who commercially farms and manages the cultivating of private sector cultured aquatic products on the person's own land or on land in which the person has a present right of possession.

     (3) "Private sector cultured aquatic products" are native, nonnative, or hybrids of marine or freshwater plants and animals that are propagated, farmed, or cultivated on aquatic farms under the supervision and management of a private sector aquatic farmer or that are naturally set on aquatic farms which at the time of setting are under the active supervision and management of a private sector aquatic farmer. When produced under such supervision and management, private sector cultured aquatic products include, but are not limited to, the following plants and animals:

Scientific Name Common Name
Enteromorpha green nori
Monostroma awo-nori
Ulva sea lettuce
Laminaria konbu
Nereocystis bull kelp
Porphyra nori
Haliotis abalone
Zhlamys pink scallop
Hinnites rock scallop
Tatinopecten Japanese or weathervane scallop
Protothaca native littleneck clam
Tapes manila clam
Saxidomus butter clam
Mytilus mussels
Crassostrea Pacific oysters
Ostrea Olympia and European oysters
Pacifasticus crayfish
Macrobrachium freshwater prawn
Salmo and Salvelinus trout, char, and Atlantic salmon
Oncorhynchus salmon
Ictalurus catfish
Cyprinus carp
Acipenseridae Sturgeon

     Private sector cultured aquatic products do not include herring spawn on kelp and other products harvested under a herring spawn on kelp permit issued in accordance with RCW 77.70.210.

     (4) "Department" means the department of agriculture.

     (5) "Director" means the director of agriculture.

[2003 c 39 § 7; 1989 c 176 § 3; 1985 c 457 § 2.]