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UWSP-Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility
Spring Newsletter 2016

The First
"Eat Wisconsin Fish" Summit

Over 90% of seafood consumed in the United States is imported, leading to a US deficit of over $14 billion dollars. Unlike many international seafood producers, Wisconsin's commercial fishermen and fish farmers are strictly regulated by federal and state laws, protecting not only fish populations, but also  human health and the environment.

The importance and safety of eating local is the strongest it has ever been. For the first time in Wisconsin, an "Eat Wisconsin Fish" Summit was held in Sheboygan last week
to kick off Wisconsin's Local Food Summit. The EWF event was hosted by the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute and brought together aquaculture farmers and commercial fishermen as well as retailers, chefs and local food enthusiasts to help support and advance eating local seafood in Wisconsin. The event started at the Mead Public Library where several educational presentations regarding local food, commercial fisheries and aquaculture were given. Kathy Kline (top photo), UW Sea Grant Institute's Education Specialist and lead coordinator of EWF, introduces the event with a presentation regarding the importance of local seafood.

Following the presentations, various panels were organized to help answer questions from the audience. Groups included a producer panel, which included both commercial fishermen and aquaculture farmers, a chef and retailer panel, and a resources panel. Photo above shows Greg Fischer, UWSP-NADF Facility Manager speaking as part of the resources panel.

A reception to the EWF event was held at the Lakeshore Culinary School where students beautifully presented horderves of cheeses, soups, seafood, vegetables, and meats. Some of the creations included smoked Lake Michigan whitefish, Rushing Water's smoked trout spread, Lake Superior burbot, farmed yellow perch and farmed Pacific white shrimp.

Facility Articles

Students Delving into Aquaculture, Aquaponics...
The UWSP-NADF has recently collaborated with the Bayfield County Economic Development Corporation (BCEDC) and UW-Extension to help promote aquaculture and aquaponics for education. For years the UWSP-NADF has helped to incorporate aquaculture and aquaponics systems into the classrooms. With new grant funding from BCEDC and new funding opportunities looked into by UW-Extenstion, this collaboration will help to further advance student education. Not only do these aqua-systems in the classrooms support hands on education but also incorporate a variety of different subjects and application of knowledge...Read the full article...

Aquaculture North America Magazine Highlights UWSP GIS Models
Researchers at UW Stevens Point have developed Geographic Information Systems- aquaculture suitability models to assist in planning new aquaculture businesses throughout the state of Wisconsin....Read this article in the ANA...

NEW Projects for 2016...

  • Effects of Aquaculture Drugs on RAS Nitrification Process... A new project funded and in collaboration with the USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center to perform trials on the effects of both formalin and hydrogen peroxide on biofilter nitrification processes to potentially create an FDA approved concentration for treatments in RAS.... Learn More...
Recirculating Aquaculture System at UWSP-NADF used in Biofilter Study


Workshops, Trainings, and Events

  • North Central Regional Aquaculture Conference 2016 in collaboration with Wisconsin Aquaculture Association, is being hosted in Wisconsin this year held at the Crown Plaza in Milwaukee March 12-13. NCRAC is an administrative aquaculture unit serving 12 states in the North Central Region. The goal of this conference is to present current aquaculture information for the commercial industry as well as offer a Trade Show with vendors representing a wide variety of aquaculture products. This conference is open to all fish farmers, students, researchers, university staff, agriculture or fisheries department staff and any others interested in aquaculture... Sign Up Here...
  •  World Aquaculture Society Annual Conference 2016 will be held on February 22nd-26th in Las Vegas, NV. Greg Fischer, UWSP-NADF Manager, will be presenting work on intensively reared walleye culture researched at the facility in the percids session of the conference. Emma Wiermaa, Outreach Specialist, will also be presenting at the conference relating to the hands on experience and incredible job placement rates through UW-Stevens Point in the aquaculture education session. Check it out...
  • The Aquaponics Master Class is a 3-day comprehensive workshop offered by Nelson and Pade, Inc. ® that covers all aspects of aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture.  In partnership with UW-Stevens Point, 1-college credit or continuing education units (CEU) are available for those that complete this workshop in Montello, Wisconsin. Register for future upcoming classes...

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