Wisconsin Tilapia Culture
“Raising Tilapia in Wisconsin is usually associated with aquaponic systems where the fish are fertilizer for the plants – it is difficult to compete with overseas fish that are selling at stores for less that it can be raised here in Wisconsin – that said some in aquaponics have found a niche market for fresh fillets – the largest of the tilapia grown in the United States goes for live Asian Markets in the largest cities and Canada.” Source: Ron Johnson
Tilapia usually need to be grown in heated environments to survive the long winter season in Wisconsin. Some progressive farms are now growing tilapia in Wisconsin using innovatively designed systems. Future Farms grows tilapia in a heated structure that uses duel loops of recirculating water. The water is heated by methane gas that comes from manure that is available from the nearby Baldwin dairy.
Future Farm Food and Fuel, LLC
2047 County Road E
Baldwin, Wisconsin 54002
51st and Bluemound Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53208
R&D AquaFarms Inc.
4836 West Fisk Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54904
Fish farming is regulated by both the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP)
WDNR is responsible for environmental permits and importation of nonnative fish species (including tilapia)
DATCP is responsible for fish health and registration of fish farms – here are links to information from both agencies – http://datcp.wi.gov/uploads/Animals/pdf/2012FishFarmApplicationPacketv2.pdf