Jul 172014
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Aqua GrowersWorld Renowned Aquaponic Expert Shultz will teach critical disciplines necessary to succeed in cutting edge Aquaponic food production systems October 10-12, 2014 in Livonia, Michigan.

Shultz’s intensive 3 day workshop, which is in high demand, is presented and well known throughout the world. Shultz is the Aquaponics Researcher at Lethbridge College in Southern Alberta, Canada and has authored or co-authored more than 20 papers regarding Aquaponics including journal articles, publications in conference proceedings and other articles. In addition, Shultz has given more than 50 presentations at conferences and workshops across the United States, the Caribbean and many other countries. Mr. Shultz is considered one of the leading experts in Aquaponics.

Shultz will be covering the following topics including “hands-on” participation:

• Status and Guidelines of Aquaponics
• Water Quality
• Tilapia Production
• Plant Production/Pest Management
• Freshwater Shrimp
• Construction and more

This workshop is being sponsored by Aqua Growers of Livonia Michigan. Registration is available online at:


If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please call Michele Wallace at

(248) 756-8584 or email Michele at michele(at)aquagrowers(dot)com.

You can read the online version of this press release here.

Jul 072014

Michigan took a big step forward in the business of fish farming this week. The state issued a permit allowing the Grayling Fish Hatchery to expand more than ten fold. It will be the largest fish hatchery in the state by far when it ramps up production. The hatchery raises trout for restaurants and grocery stores.

The expansion comes as interest in fish farming is growing nationwide. There is even talk of developing the aquaculture industry offshore in the open waters of the Great Lakes, something that has only been done in Canadian waters.  Read more …

Jul 042014
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The Great Lakes Sea Grant Network recently hosted the Great Lakes Briefs on Invasive Organisms Traded in Commerce (BIOTIC) Symposium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The goal of the symposium was to advance knowledge and understanding of the organisms in trade (OIT) invasion pathway. The symposium identified research gaps to improve management of OIT and assisted with the transfer of information among researchers, managers, educators, OIT industries/associations and the public. The symposium presentations reviewed specific OIT invasion pathways and focused on work being done on topics relating to risk assessment, regulations, outreach and industry efforts.  Read more …

Jul 022014

Bell AquacultureState officials applauded the grand opening of Bell Aquaculture’s fish feed mill during an event on Tuesday that included a bluegrass band and a meal of “Pomegranate Sage Jim Beam Brown Butter Rainbow Trout” raised on the premises.

“It holds firm, the coloration is fantastic and they fillet it at a good size,” said chef Bryan Bell, a culinary instructor at Ivy Tech Community College in Muncie, who also prepared a smoked trout spread for crackers.  Read more …

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Jun 192014

USDA NIFA logoThe White House, in a Press Release today, announced the Administration’s National Strategic Plan for Federal Aquaculture Research. The Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture (IWG-A), a working group under the Life Science Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council’s Office of Science and authorized by the National Aquaculture Act of 1980 (Act), was established to increase the overall effectiveness and productivity of federal aquaculture research, technology transfer, and technology assistance programs; further encourage public-private sector collaborations; as well as coordinate efforts among federal agencies engaged in the science, technology, and engineering of aquaculture in the United States. The IWG-A supports Section 2(c) of the Act which defines national policy to encourage the development of aquaculture in the United States.

This 5-year Plan will provide a framework for coordination and collaboration across agencies on research, education, and technology transfer programs related to aquaculture and will guide Federal agencies in moving forward as they prioritize their aquaculture-related research and development activities.

Additionally, the White House released a Fact Sheet entitled “Leading at Home and Internationally to Protect Our Ocean and Coasts” on the Administration’s efforts relating to “…protecting the ocean and its marine ecosystems.” roulette bonus roulette bonus


Jun 122014

Inside a long, red building just north of here, 27,000 young fish dart around in the turbid waters of a series of 10,000-gallon fiberglass tanks.

From the outside, the building looks like any other machine shed found on farms across northeast Nebraska. But even on a cool spring day, the atmosphere in this building is as muggy as the native climes of the creatures it holds.  Read more … roulette for money roulette for money


Jun 102014

Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food production systems. But in the U.S., aquaculture remains a relatively small industry, used solely to grow aquatic plants or produce fish for stocking.

While Michigan’s aquaculture industry is small, some see potential and believe that aquaculture could become an important industry in the state. However there are some environmental concerns over expanding the practice in Michigan.  Read and listen more …

Jun 042014

An eight-pond expansion at Gollon Bait and Fish Farm near Dodgeville started at the beginning of May and will be completed within the next couple of months.

The new ponds will sit on 12 acres. The project is a part of the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative to increase the production of walleye fingerlings in Wisconsin lakes.

The farm is one of nine private and tribal farms given grants to produce walleye fingerlings under the initiative. Construction should be completed in time to grow the fingerlings for stocking this fall.

Governor Scott Walker visited the farm on May 1 to deliver remarks about the expansion.  Read more …

May 212014

US yellow perch farmer Bell Aquaculture debuted its closed-containment-aquaculture-reared red trout, one of the only commercial closed containment aquaculture products to hit the North American market ever, at the NRA show in Chicago on May 19.

The only other known commercial entities doing closed containment aquaculture include the recently-launched Namgis’ First Nations tribe closed containment-reared salmon from British Columbia, Canada and Sweet Springs Aquaculture’s closed containment coho salmon in Washington state.  Read more …