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Bell Aquaculture hosts "Future of Fish" to highlight recirc system best practices
SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [Seafoodnews.com] – January 25, 2012 –
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Bell Aquaculture, a pioneer in sustainable fish farming operations, teamed with Indiana Soybean Alliance, Virginia Cobia Farms, University of Wisconsin School of Freshwater Sciences and The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute to present the ‘Future of Fish’ at Bell Aquaculture’s operations in Albany and Redkey, Indiana.
The announcement is made jointly by Norman McCowan, President of Bell Aquaculture, and Shelia Lingle, Director of Aquaculture for Indiana Soybean Alliance.

According to McCowan: "We are simply thrilled to be partnering with the Indiana Soybean Alliance, Virginia Cobia Farms and The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute to advance the knowledge of best practices in the Aquaculture Industry in the U.S. Our first event was January 11th here in Redkey and Albany. We look forward to hosting similar events in the near future."

Further, says Lingle: "As our country, and world, seeks sustainable, quality food options, Indiana Soybean Alliance is very pleased to be supporting this effort to provide healthy, great-tasting and ecologically responsible fish options for consumers. We’ve been working closely with Bell Aquaculture since its inception in 2005 to develop more sustainable, soy-based feed options for the aquaculture industry."

The ‘Future of Fish’ on January 11th included tours of Bell Aquaculture’s production and processing facilities, followed by luncheon presentations from Fred Binkowski, Senior Scientist, School of Freshwater Sciences University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Steven T. Summerfelt, Ph.D, P.E., Director of Aquaculture Systems Research, The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute; Dr. Espen Staubo, President & CEO of Low Salinity, Inc., and Virginia Cobia Farms; and Steve Hart, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Soy Aquaculture Alliance.

The luncheon was prepared by chefs from The Chef’s Academy, Indianapolis. Entrees featured breaded Bell Perch and Virginia Farms Cobia and Pompano.

The closed-containment system technology used in the expansion was designed by engineers at The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute to reduce its environmental impact. The new water recirculating systems at Bell Aquaculture minimize water use, maximize waste capture, and practically eliminate disease interaction between farmed and wild fish. Summerfelt notes that, “the production systems maintain ideal water quality for yellow perch while operating on less than one-half of one percent of the water required to produce the same weight of fish in more traditional production systems.”