My aquaponics project is permanently on hold.   Currently Massachusetts has no provisions for providing a non-commercial Aquaculture or Tilapia permit.   My contacts at Mass Fish and Wildlife have been very helpful and supportive but insist that the current regulations make no provisions for this type of permit.    So, I am back to the thinking stage.  Had I applied for a commercial permit for a larger system, I probably would have received it right away.   My plan was to start small and learn on a smaller system.  Instead I may have to skip that step and build a larger system.  We’ll see….