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WISCONSIN AQUACULTURE INDUSTRY ADVISORY COUNCIL

Mission and Structure

Background
The 1998 Wisconsin Aquaculture State Plan recommended that DATCP appoint an interagency aquaculture advisory council.  The recommendation called for the membership of the council to be comprised primarily from industry but include university facility and DNR.  The council's purpose at that time was ideniffied to meet periodically to advise the Secretary of DATCP and other agencies about industry problems and concerns, to review DNR and DATCP regulations and to review and advise on university research.  The Council was formed in 1990 and has operated since following this general purpose.  By working together in a neutral forum many issues have come before the Council and many positive changes have been initiated as a result.
 
DNR Workgroup
DNR Secretary Bazzell appointed a new DNR workgroup for purposes of providing the industry with a forum for early stage input into policy and  rulemaking that affects aquaculture.  This workgroup is intended to improve working relationships on natural resource regulatory matters between DNR and the aquaculture industry.  This workgroup began meeting in July of 2002
 
Mission
The WAIAC mission is to actively build partnerships to enhance the responsible development of aquaculture for the benefit of private and public fisheries. 

It does so by serving:

1. as a forum for the aquaculture industry to work with state and federal agencies and university staff to identify critical issues affecting it's ability to grow in an economically and environmentally sound manner.

2. to make recommemdations to agency leaders, policy makers, and research/educators for policy and regulatory changes, research projects, business and marketing initiatives, and educational programs that address the critical issues facing the industry.

3. to facilitate coordination and build partnerships among public agencies, private organizations, producers, the scientific community and educators in order to build a stronger, more profitable aquaculture industry.
 
Committees
WAIAC members are appointed by the DATCP Secretary for staggered 3-year terms, and consists of  industry members and ex-officio members.  DATCP serves as the convener of WAIAC meetings and appoints a coordinator to staff WAIAC. 

Currently there are 6 standing committees.
1. Executive Committee
2. Regulatory/Policy Committee
3. Research and Education Committee
4. Scientific Advisory Committee
5. Business Development Committee
6. Nominating Committee

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Mike Bandli, State Aquaculture Development Coordinator   2012
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Industry Members
MEMBER ADDRESS BACKGROUND
Blue Iris Fish Farm
Bill West
3 years
expires 3/2014
N 5811 12 Corners Road
Black Creek, WI 54106
920-730-5684
Fax: 920-738-7774
Email: blueirisenv@gmail.com
President & Senior Scientist of Blue Iris Environmental, Inc. & President of Blue Iris Fish Farm.

Northside Enterprises, Inc.
Dan Gruendemann
3 years
expires 3/2013
N4969 State Road 47
Black Creek, WI 54106
920-858-5055
Email: dangfish@yahoo.com
Owner and operator of Northside Enterprises Inc.. He raises and markets perch, bluegill, trout and extended growth fingerlings. Facility includes indoor RAS, outdoor ponds and floating raceways.

Gollon Bait & Fish Farm
David C. Gollon, Jr.
3 years
expires 3/2013
Gollon Bait & Fish Farm
5117 HWY 191
Dodgeville, WI 53533
608-935-2098
Fax: 608-935-2633
Email: gollon@hughes.net
Operates their commercial bait and fish farm in Dodgeville and distributes throughout the Midwest.

Star Prairie Trout Farm
Jeff Taylor
3 years
expires 3/2012
400 Hill Avenue
Route 1, Box 264
Star Prairie, WI 54026
715 248 3633
Email: jtaylor@dungarvin.com
Jeff Taylor is the manager of Star Prairie Trout Farm. They produce rainbow trout for grocery, restaurant, fee fishing, and local stocking markets. He takes the seat vacated by Mac Graham, previous owner of Star Prairie Trout Farm.

Quiet Springs
Mike Kelm
3 years
expires 3/20143
7408 Ward Blvd
Arpin, WI 54410
920--207-9877
Email: unicycle7408@gmail.com
Owner/Manager of Quiet Springs, a yellow perch facility in Central Wisconsin. They raise perch as food fish in an RAS setup

Rushing Waters Fisheries, LLC
Peter Fritsch
3 years
expires 3/2012
N301 Hwy H
Palmyra, WI 53156-0917
262-495-2089
Fax: 262-495-8327
Email: pfritsch@rushingwaters.net
Manages a commercial trout farm in SE Wisconsin with distribution in Milwaukee, Chicago and other areas

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Ex-Officio Non-Voting Members
MEMBER ADDRESS BACKGROUND
USDA Agricultural Research Service
Dr. Brian Shepherd
.
600 E. Greenfield Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53204
414-382-1700
Email: brians@uwm.edu
A a Research Physiologist, Brian is primarily concerned with the hormonal mechanisms that permit animals to respond to changes in their environment. He has studied rainbow trout, tilapia, yellow perch, catfish and amphibians.

UW-Stevens Point/NADF
Dr. Chris Hartleb
UW Department of Biology
1900 Franklin Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
715-346-3228
Fax: 715-346-3624
Email: chartleb@uwsp.edu
Chris is a professor of Fisheries Biology at UW-SP and the co-director of the NADF, overseeing the Aquaculture Program which includes research projects and collaborating with other universities.

Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Dr. Myron Kebus
PO Box 8911
Madison, WI 53708
(608) 224-4876
Fax: (608) 224-4871
Email: myron.kebus@datcp.state.wi.us
Myron is the Program Director, Animal Health Dept. of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection. He has conducted fish health training workshops for over 200 veterinarians from around the country.

UW Sea Grant Institute
Dr. Philip B. Moy
705 Viebahn Street #2103
Manitowoc, WI 54220
920-683-4697
Fax: 920-683-4776
Email: pmoy@uwc.edu
Phil is the program's assistant director for research. Additionally, he provides information and statewide support on issues related to exotic aquatic species, and monitors the spread of invasive species in Wisconsin waters.

Past DATCP Aquaculture Coordinator
Erwin A. (Bud) Sholtz
CTL Group
P.O. Box 232
Oregon, WI 53575-0232
608-835-0428
Fax: 608-835-0428
Email: ctlgroup@charter.net
WI State aquaculture coordinator for 10 years; 2 years Chair of the National Association of State Aquaculture Coordinators (NASAC)

Great Lakes WATER Institute UW-Milwaukee
Fred Binkowski
.
600 E. Greenfield Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53204
414-382-1700
Email: sturgeon@uwm.edu
As the Senior Scientist at GLWI, Fred is involved in fisheries biology, lake sturgeon biology, early life history of Great Lakes fishes, aquaculture, and urban aquaculture He received his BS and MS at UW- Milwaukee in 1971 & 1974

Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility
Gregory J. Fischer
NADF
P.O. Box 165
Bayfield, WI 54814
715-373-1047
Email: gfischer@uwsp.edu
Mr. Fischer received his B.S in Wildlife and Fisheries Management from Lake Superior State University, Michigan. He has over 15 years of experience with more than 20 different species of warm, cool and coldwater fish in various rearing systems.

Department of Public Instruction
Jeff Hicken
GEF3
125 S Webster Street, P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 608-267-9255
Fax: 608-267-9275
Email: jeffrey.hicken@dpi.state.wi.us
Jeff is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Education Consultant for DPI

UW-SP/NADF - Ext. Aquaculture Outreach Specialist
Jim Held
.
302 S. Main St
Lake Mills, WI 53551
920-648-2902
Email: jaheld@wisc.edu
Jim is the southern aquaculture outreach specialist for UW-Extension working out of the Lake Mills State Fish Hatchery and has been active in aquaculture research (yellow perch and walleye) and outreach for over 20 years.

UW-Extension. Aquaculture Outreach Specialist
Ron Johnson
.
400 Hill Ave
Star Prairie, WI 54026
715-248-3657
Email: Ron.Johnson@uwsp.edu
Ron is the northern aquaculture outreach specialist. He has served as President and board director for WAA, and currently as the Wisconsin representative in NASAC and is on the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.

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