Wisconsin's fish farms hold statewide open houses
The Wisconsin Aquaculture Association, along with member fish farms, is celebrating this day with their annual statewide open house on Saturday, July 15.
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 2,600 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 products not only supplying gamefish and bait for recreational use, but 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.
Visitors can learn about raising fish, various culture techniques, pond management and fish health programs or just have fun fishing. 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.
To find a farm near you visit www.wisconsinaquaculture.com