Albany, IN (PRWEB) April 25, 2008
Bell Aquaculture (http://www.bellperch.com) was the April 23 featured website at http://www.FoodSiteOfTheDay.com. Last month, the company began operation of the nation's largest yellow perch (Perca flavescens) farm at production facilities located in Albany, Indiana, northeast of Indianapolis, according to President & COO Michael Miller. Bell Aquaculture's Bell Perch™ product is expected to be available for restaurant purchase spring 2009 and consumer purchase in the future.
"The greatest difficulty for restaurants has been the availability of yellow perch out of Lake Michigan and Lake Erie - the two predominant lakes for the supply of wild-caught yellow perch," explains Miller during an interview on WTRC NewsRadio 1340/Elkhart last month. "Which means the restaurants that were typically serving customers who enjoy the taste of yellow perch, just cannot get the supply."
Further, Miller said: "The yellow perch that we're raising, the Bell Perch™, is a higher quality product from the standpoint that there is no real possibility of contaminants entering into their food chain during their growth. We have absolute control over our water supply, since they are raised in-house there is no opportunity for bird predation, pesticides or herbicides to get into the flesh of the fish that you and I might sit down to eat."
Bell Aquaculture's Albany facility currently has the production capacity of less than 100,000 pounds of fish per year and ultimately will exceed 9 million pounds per year. According to Miller, the company will employ 70 in Albany at full build-out of the new facilities.
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 fries in the Great Lakes region.
The vision for a yellow perch farm was born when Miller became personally interested in aquaculture in 1994. After studying this science and becoming involved in the Indiana Aquaculture Association, Inc. (IAAI), he developed a dream to bring the local and personal favorite, yellow perch, back to the area. Miller has been involved with the IAAI for 12 years, including holding the position of secretary/treasurer until recently. He is on the Board of Directors. He currently serves on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's regional aquaculture extension team under NCRAC.
As Miller says, "What started out as an idea on a Post-it note, ended up being 17 file cabinets of information." So after more than 12 years of research, consulting fish experts and a lot of hard work, Bell Aquaculture was formed.
Bell Aquaculture is committed to these four guiding principles in producing its fish:
1) Controlled environment
2) No toxins
3) Healthy growth
4) Gentle to the environment
About Bell Aquaculture
Bell Aquaculture is a producer and processor of farm-raised fish for restaurants and consumer use. Initial production facilities, dedicated to yellow perch, are located in Albany, IN, and comprise the nation's largest yellow perch farm. More information about Bell Aquaculture is available at http://www.bellaquaculture.com
Click here to read the full text of Michael Miller's March 12, 2008, WTRC interview:
Further, Bell Aquaculture is now profiled for media access and backgrounding at http://publicrelationsnewsroom.com/_wsn/page3.html. Bell's aquaculture and yellow perch expert Bill Manci is profiled at http://expert411.com/_wsn/page6.html.
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