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Aquaculture Day Highlights Wisconsin’s Fish Farms

with State Wide Open Houses

Saturday, July 15, 2017


 

The Wisconsin Aquaculture Association, along with member fish farms, is celebrating this day with their Annual State Wide Open House on Saturday, July 15, 2017. The fish farmers of Wisconsin are opening their farms to the public, promoting Wisconsin aquaculture and explaining the importance of locally grown, fresh, safe fish.  They are working together to encourage  people to visit a local fish farm and learn firsthand  about aquaculture,  become more aware of the role commercial aquaculture plays in the state’s economy, local communities, recreational opportunities and in providing a safe healthy food. 

Wisconsin currently has over 2,800 registered fish farms, comprising 1,984 private farms with ponds, 125 business farms, 213 public fee fishing farms, 6 wholesale fish processing farms, and 95 farms processing fish for human consumption.  Wisconsin’s fish farmers contribute $21 million to Wisconsin’s economy through live bait, fee fishing, stocking and food fish production. Wisconsin is the largest seller/producer of aquaculture products in the Midwest with their products not only supplying gamefish and bait for recreational use, but their high quality food fish are offered in some of the top restaurants and stores in the Upper Midwest.

Throughout the state, fish farms will be open to the public.  Individual fish farms will offer free events such as farm tours, demonstrations, fish recipes, and various talks. Some farms will also have fish products (fresh, smoked, and spreads) for sampling and sale or offer fee fishing - a fun time for the family and a great opportunity to buy fresh Wisconsin produced food from a local farmer.  Learn about raising fish, various culture techniques, pond management and fish health programs or just have fun fishing! To find a farm near you, see the list below.

Aquaculture, or fish farming, is defined as the raising of aquatic organisms in controlled settings, and Wisconsin’s private aquaculture dates back to 1856. Wisconsin fish farming is very diverse - raising trout, yellow perch, and bluegills for food; walleye, northern pike, muskie and bass for stocking, and minnows for bait. Wisconsin fish farmers take pride in providing fish that are veterinarian certified healthy.

Americans consume almost 17 pounds of fish or seafood each year but over 80% of that is imported. Wisconsin fish farmers are raising safe, high quality, fresh fish on a farm near you. And based on tests conducted to date, there are no suggested restrictions on the consumption of Wisconsin farm-raised fish.

Who should attend: Everyone who loves to fish or eat fish, wants to know more about fish farming, and wants to see first hand what aquaculture is all about and anyone who wants to know where to buy Wisconsin raised fish.

Cost: There is no cost to visit the fish farm or for demonstrations or talks, individual fish farms will charge for fishing or purchase of their products.

Locations: Listing will be update as farms confirm their participation

 

 

2017 Wisconsin Aquaculture Day, Participating Farms

Check back for additions and updates!

If you are planning on purchasing any products, please bring a cooler with ice for transporting your purchases.  Fish prices vary from farm to farm as well as the use of poles.  Please note that some farms may prohibit use of your own equipment.  Some farms request that you call ahead of time if you want to purchase fish.  For more information, call or visit each farm’s website.

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