Monday, February 9, 2009

From the Water Library: Readings on Aquaculture

Wisconsin's Water Library has a new recommended reading list on Aquaculture.

The aquaculture industry in Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region is not large compared to other areas in the United States, but the industry here is highly diversified, and the region has the water and land resources needed for significant growth. Aquaculture in Wisconsin is growing at a rate of more than 10 percent per year and has an annual value of almost $9 million. In the Great Lakes region, the commercial aquaculture business has a gross value of more than $76 million and produces more than 50 species of fish.

The primary species raised are rainbow trout for stocking and food, various cold-, cool-, and warm-water game fish fingerlings for stocking, tilapia and hybrid striped bass for food, and several bait fish species. There is great potential for the development of other food fish species, including yellow perch, bluegill, and walleye.

The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute has nurtured the growth of this burgeoning industry in the Great Lakes region since the early 1970s. The purpose of this list is to provide sources of information for current and prospective aquaculturists in Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region.

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