Wisconsin Aquaculture Association, Inc.
Aquaculture is an important agriculture industry in Wisconsin. Aquaculture, or fish farming, is defined as the raising of aquatic organisms in controlled settings, and Wisconsin’s private aquaculture dates back to 1856 with a sound environmental history using sustainable best management practices. Wisconsin fish farmers are in tune with their resources and use water responsibly to produce the highest quality fish.
Wisconsin fish farming is very diverse - raising trout, yellow perch, and bluegill for food; walleye, northern pike, muskie and bass for stocking; and minnows for bait. The raising of aquaculture products for food, stocking, recreation and bait generate employment in rural areas, economic activity, and taxes to local, county and state governments. Wisconsin grown fish contributes to local economies by reducing the number of miles your food travels, decreases our dependence on seafood coming from overseas, adds to business to business transactions and increases the labor force spending income.
Wisconsin fish farm environmental and fish health regulations are among the most stringent in the country. Wisconsin fish are raised according to best management practices, in clean water with responsible use of natural resources and are veterinarian-certified fish healthy. Our producers strive for environmental sustainability, and based on tests conducted to date, there are no suggested restrictions on the consumption of Wisconsin farmed raised fish.