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Wisconsin Aquaculture Day Planned for July 16
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/30/2011

The Wisconsin Aquaculture Association, along with member fish farms, is celebrating the Fourth Annual State Wide Open House on July 16. With the increase in public awareness of their food sources, the fish farmers of Wisconsin are opening their doors to the public, promoting Wisconsin aquaculture and explaining the importance of locally grown, fresh and safe fish.

Throughout the state, eight fish farms will be open and include fee fishing and stocking operations, and aquaponics. Individual fish farms will offer free events such as farm tours, demonstrations, cooking demonstrations with 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. Learn about raising fish, various culture techniques, pond management and fish health programs or just have fun fishing! An added highlight will be a visit from Alice in Dairyland Katie Wirkus.

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.

A listing for Wisconsin fish farms open for tours can be found online at www.wisconsinaquaculture.com

Wisconsin currently has over 2,300 registered fish farms, comprising nearly 2,000 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.

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