Thursday, May 10, 2012

May/June Hatchery International: 'Indiana perch farm expands production with new RAS'

Quoting from the Hatchery International article by David Scarratt (sidebar by Quentin Dodd):

"In May, 2008 Hatchery International reported on a new 40 t/year development for the culture of yellow perch (Perca flavescens) in Albany, Indiana. Since then, the company has completed the first phase of a major expansion, with yet more to come. It is already the largest producer of perch in the United States.

Yellow perch has been a traditional fresh water species harvested in the Great Lakes,but over-fishing and other problems have reduced the availability of wild-caught fish to something like 80% of historical landings, thus opening the door for their culture on a commercial scale. Bell Aquaculture has seized that opportunity with a new 450 tonne recirculating grow-out facility located at Albany.

In January of this year, Norman McCowan, President of Bell Aquaculture, teamed with Indiana Soybean Alliance, Virginia Cobia Farms, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences and the Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, to present the ‘Future of Fish’ at Bell Aquaculture’s facilities in Albany and Redkey. McCowan described the completion of their recent construction, which has added an additional 500 tonne expansion planned for 2012."

Link to the article pdf - posted with Hatchery International's permission


  1. i would love to contact quentin dodd regarding the PA Fish and Boat Commission's walleye operation. He had contacted them about the spawning process, and his email address was lost in the shuffle...thanks in advance for any help..

    nancy smoyer..

    1. Hi Nancy - Quentin's e-mail is