Goshen News, Goshen, IN

August 14, 2013

Report: Indiana's aquaculture industry growing


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

— WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  — A new report says the size of Indiana's fledgling aquaculture industry has more than doubled in the past seven years with the state now boasting about 50 farms that raise fish or seafood.

The Purdue Extension report found Indiana's fish farms had estimated sales last year of about $15 million, up from $3.5 million in 2006.

During that seven-year period, the report found that Indiana's number of fish farms grew from 18 to about 50.

The reports says Indiana's aquaculture industry ranges from small-scale producers raising fish in their backyards to large-scale producers growing fish to sell in national and international markets.

Some of the fish raised in Indiana for food are yellow perch, hybrid striped bass, tilapia and trout. Indiana farms are also raising marine shrimp and freshwater prawns.