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Mission and Structure

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
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.
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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Angie Sulivan, State Aquaculture Development Coordinator   2018
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Industry Members
Gollon Bros Wholesale Live Bait
Ben Gollon
3 years
2450 Torun Rd
Stevens Point, WI 54482
Email: bengollon@gmail.com
Gollon Bros Wholesale Live Bait continues the family's almost 100 years of providing bait in Wisconsin. Brothers Ben, Joe and Will run the family business supplying bait shops throughout most of Wisconsin and regional distributors across the northern US.

Blue Iris Fish Farm
Bill West
3 years
N 5811 12 Corners Road
Black Creek, WI 54106
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
N4969 State Road 47
Black Creek, WI 54106
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
Gollon Bait & Fish Farm
5117 HWY 191
Dodgeville, WI 53533
Fax: 608-935-2633
Email: gollon@gollonbaitandfishfarm.com
Operates their commercial bait and fish farm in Dodgeville and distributes throughout the Midwest.

Clayton Veterinary Care
Dr. Robert Smith
3 years
123S Hwy 63 Box 99
Clayton, WI 54004
Email: clayvet1@amerytel.net
Owner/staff veterinarian of Clayton Veterinary Care. Working in the field of fish health as a private practitioner for past 18 years. Licensed in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Missouri.

Jim Held Consulting
Jim Held
3 years
Email: james.held@ces.uwex.edu
Jim was one of the Aquaculture Outreach Specialist for UW-Extension working out of the Lake Mills State Fish Hatchery and has been active in aquaculture research and outreach for over 20 years.

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

Hayward Bait and Bottle Shoppe, Inc
Terry Hogan
3 years
15737 US Hwy 63
Hayward, WI 54843
Email: terrylhogan@cheqnet.net
Terry is the third generation owner of Hayward Bait and Bottle Shoppe in Hayward, which was started by his grandfather over 50 years ago. Since then, he has expanded the retail sport store and built a bait barn and offices for wholesale sales.

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Ex-Officio Non-Voting Members
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Cate Rahmlow
3 years
247 Freshwater Way
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Email: Cate.Rahmlow@wedc.org
Cate is the Director of Sector Development at WEDC

USDA Agricultural Research Service
Dr. Brian Shepherd
3 years
600 E. Greenfield Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Email: brians@uwm.edu
As 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
3 years
UW Department of Biology
1900 Franklin Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
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.

UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences
Dr. Jhonatan Sepulveda Villet
3 years
600 E Greenfield Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Email: sepulveo@uwm.edu
PhD., B.S.Aqua Engineering, M.S. Biology. Research includes yellow perch & percid population genetics, urban & intensive aquaculture, population genetics and the development of novel therapeutic & probiotic agents.

Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Dr. Myron Kebus
3 years
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.

Wisconsin Sea Grant
Dr. Titus Seilheimer
3 years
705 Viebahn Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Email: tseilheimer@aqua.wisc.edu
Titus joined the Wisconsin Sea Grant Advisory Services team in 2012. He holds a Ph.D. in biology, has studied fish habitat in Great Lakes coastal wetlands and was a research ecologist for the U.S. F.S.

Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility
Gregory J. Fischer
3 years
P.O. Box 165
Bayfield, WI 54814
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
3 years
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

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