Sustainable Fish Success In Indiana
First yellow perch harvest. Photo by Bell Aquaculture LLC
With Lake Erie’s stock of yellow perch dwindling, our Freshwater Institute partnered with soybean growers and aquaculture experts to return a sustainable, environmentally responsible supply of this Great Lakes favorite fish to the tables of Midwestern restaurants and homes.
Yellow perch is one of the most popular of all North American pan fish. It has a mild, sweet flavor with firm white flesh and low fat levels, making it a favorite in residential and commercial kitchens alike. In years past, yellow perch was the fish typically served at Friday Night Fish Frys in the Great Lakes region.
While the Indiana Soybean Alliance worked with Bell Aquaculture to develop soy-based feed for farm-raised Bell Perch®, our Freshwater Institute developed a land-based, closed system that minimizes water use, reduces disease risk in farm-raised fish and captures water waste to fertilize Indiana soybean fields. Additionally, there’s no taste difference from wild-caught, like some other farmed species. It’s a win-win scenario that conserves water, reduces fertilizer use and provides healthy food and local jobs.