Visit a Wisconsin Fish Farm on Aquaculture Day July 19
Star Prairie, Wisconsin, June 23, 2014— With today’s focus on natural, healthful and locally sourced foods, a visit to a Wisconsin fish farm offers people of all walks of life the ideal way to celebrate a quintessential pastime of summer. On Saturday, July 19 — Aquaculture Day — the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association and member fish farmers welcome Wisconsinites to experience fish farming and learn firsthand how locally-grown, fresh fish are raised on today’s farms.
“Family, fun and fishing go hand-in-hand when adults and kids learn how aquaculture provides local healthy food, and improves the state’s economy, local communities and recreational opportunities,” says Mike Kelm, president of the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association and owner of Quiet Springs Fish Farm in Arpin, Wis.
Throughout the state, individual fish farms will offer free activities including farm tours, cooking demonstrations, recipes and educational talks. Some farms will offer gourmet tastes including fresh and smoked fish, and spreads from trout, tilapia, salmon and more for sampling and sale. Fee fishing, a fun outdoor family activity, offers guests the experience of getting a fresh catch from a local fish farmer. Visitors can also learn about raising fish, both outdoors and in an aquaponic system, or simply have fun fishing.
To promote and celebrate the event, which the state legislature has named Aquaculture Day designating the 3rd Saturday of July, Wisconsin Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources Cathy Stepp will visit Rushing Waters Fisheries in Palmyra, Wis., and Wisconsin’s 67th Alice in Dairyland Zoey Brooks will be visiting Bullfrog’s Eat My Fish Farm in Menomonie, Wis., to highlight the importance of aquaculture.
Participating Wisconsin Aquaculture Member Fish Farms open for tours and tastings during Aquaculture Day, include:
• Bullfrog’s Eat My Fish Farm, Menomonie (Central WI)
• Century Trout Farm, Oregon, WI (South-central WI)
• HBR Enterprises, Shiocton (Eastern WI)
• PortFish Ltd, Knellsville-Port Washington (Southeast WI)
• Rushing Waters Fisheries, Palmyra (Southeast WI)
• Silver Moon Springs, Elton (Northeast WI)
• Star Prairie Trout Farm, Star Prairie (West-central WI)
• Wilderness Springs, Inc., New London (Central WI)
Click HERE For details on specific host farm tours and activities.
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 and raises trout, yellow perch, and bluegills for food; walleye, northern pike, muskie and bass for stocking; and minnows for bait. This year $2 million in grants were awarded to 6 private farms and 3 tribal farms, the immediate impact will be the DNR having access to more walleye for stocking, long term is an overall increase in production. According to a recent study, worldwide farmed fish production must more than double to meet aquaculture food demands. Wisconsin ranks 1st in the Midwest and 20th in the nation for aquaculture, and boasts a $21 million economic impact with more than 2,400 fish farms. This impact translates into Wisconsin’s aquaculture industry, which generates more than $2,400 every hour to our state economy. From fish farmers to feed suppliers and tourism, aquaculture provides jobs in our rural communities throughout our state.
For more information on Aquaculture Day, visit the Wisconsin Aquacutlure website or contact WAA Secretary Cindy Johnson at 715.248.3657.
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The Wisconsin Aquaculture Association (WAA) is the voice of aquaculture in the Badger state. An industry led and producer centered organization dedicated to promoting, educating and advocating for economic vitality and environmental sustainability while aiding the expansion of aquaculture in Wisconsin. WAA is a member of the National Aquaculture Association, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau and the Wisconsin Agriculture Tourism Association and works closely with the University of Wisconsin-Extension Aquaculture Specialists.