Chapter 15.85 RCW



HTMLPDF 15.85.010Legislative declaration.
HTMLPDF 15.85.020Definitions.
HTMLPDF 15.85.030Department principal agency for aquaculture marketing support.
HTMLPDF 15.85.040Rules.
HTMLPDF 15.85.050Program to assist marketing and promotion of aquaculture products.
HTMLPDF 15.85.060Private sector cultured aquatic productsIdentificationRules.


Aquaculture disease control: Chapter 77.115 RCW.

Legislative declaration.

The legislature declares that aquatic farming provides a consistent source of quality food, offers opportunities of new jobs, increased farm income stability, and improves balance of trade.
The legislature finds that many areas of the state of Washington are scientifically and biologically suitable for aquaculture development, and therefore the legislature encourages promotion of aquacultural activities, programs, and development with the same status as other agricultural activities, programs, and development within the state.
The legislature finds that aquaculture should be considered a branch of the agricultural industry of the state for purposes of any laws that apply to or provide for the advancement, benefit, or protection of the agriculture industry within the state.
The legislature further finds that in order to ensure the maximum yield and quality of cultured aquatic products, the department of fish and wildlife should provide diagnostic services that are workable and proven remedies to aquaculture disease problems.
It is therefore the policy of this state to encourage the development and expansion of aquaculture within the state. It is also the policy of this state to protect wildstock fisheries by providing an effective disease inspection and control program and prohibiting the release of salmon or steelhead trout by the private sector into the public waters of the state and the subsequent recapture of such species as in the practice commonly known as ocean ranching.


Release and recapture of salmon or steelhead prohibited: RCW 77.12.459.


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 fresh waters 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
green nori
sea lettuce
bull kelp
pink scallop
rock scallop
Japanese or weathervane scallop
native littleneck clam
manila clam
butter clam
Pacific oysters
Olympia and European oysters
freshwater prawn
Salmo and Salvelinus
trout, char, and Atlantic salmon
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.

Department principal agency for aquaculture marketing support.

The department is the principal state agency for providing state marketing support services for the private sector aquaculture industry.


The department shall adopt rules under chapter 34.05 RCW to implement this chapter.

Program to assist marketing and promotion of aquaculture products.

The department shall exercise its authorities, including those provided by chapters 15.64, 15.65, 15.66, and 43.23 RCW, to develop a program for assisting the state's aquaculture industry to market and promote the use of its products.


Severability1989 c 11: See note following RCW 9A.56.220.

Private sector cultured aquatic productsIdentificationRules.

The director shall establish identification requirements for private sector cultured aquatic products to the extent that identifying the source and quantity of the products is necessary to permit the department of fish and wildlife to administer and enforce Title 77 RCW effectively. The rules shall apply only to those private sector cultured aquatic products the transportation, sale, processing, or other possession of which would otherwise be required to be licensed under Title 77 RCW if they were not cultivated by aquatic farmers. The rules shall apply to the transportation or possession of such products on land other than aquatic lands and may require that they be: (1) Placed in labeled containers or accompanied by bills of lading or sale or similar documents identifying the name and address of the producer of the products and the quantity of the products governed by the documents; or (2) both labeled and accompanied by such documents.
The director shall consult with the director of fish and wildlife to ensure that such rules enable the department of fish and wildlife to enforce the programs administered under those titles. If rules adopted under chapter 69.30 RCW satisfy the identification required under this section for shellfish, the director shall not establish different shellfish identification requirements under this section.