The Consumer’s Guide for Wisconsin Farm-Raised Fish is an overview of Wisconsin’s Aquaculture Industry providing the public with resources so they can make informed choices and answer questions on why they should buy healthy, locally grown fish. The guide references existing articles, websites or studies that provide detailed information on nutritional benefits and safety issues for consumers, along with how to purchase fish for food.
The impetus of the consumer’s guide stems from discussions held through the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association (WAA) and the Wisconsin Aquaculture Industry Advisory Council (WAIAC); the provision of best management practices for Wisconsin aquaculture; other similar consumer guides and a desire by the industry to be proactive, explaining to the public who they are and what the industry does. Wisconsin practices environmentally sustainable aquaculture.
Although the guide helps promote Wisconsin Aquaculture in a positive light, the real intention is to help consumer’s and fish farmers form a dialogue and compile useful information that helps address consumer or media questions. Ultimately, it is our hope that the guide will help foster a greater consumer-farmer connection building trust and confidence.
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Developed and compiled by:
Wisconsin Aquaculture Association
UW Stevens Point – Northern Aquaculture Demonstration
UW-Extension Aquaculture Outreach
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and
Peter Fritsch, Rushing Waters Fisheries, Inc.
David C. Gollon, Gollon Bait & Fish Farm
Dan Gruendemann, Northside Enterprises
Mike Kelm, Quiet Springs Fish Farm
Jeff Taylor, Star Prairie Trout Farm
William West, Blue Iris Fish Farm
Members and Ex-Officio Members of the Wisconsin Aquaculture Industry Advisory Council (WAIAC)
Attendees of the 2011 Wisconsin Aquaculture Association Conference
Mike Bandli, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Ron Johnson, UW-Stevens Point, Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility
Sarah Kaatz, UW-Stevens Point, Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility