GREEN BAY, Wis. (WLUK) — An area nonprofit has reached a milestone in its quest to supply Northeast Wisconsin with a popular species of fish.The Farmory in Green Bay has seen its first hatch of yellow perch fingerlings in its indoor fish hatchery. The Farmory hopes to sell the fingerlings to help entrepreneurs start aquaculture businesses, as well as to backyard growers.The Farmory also plans to host a series of educational webinars featuring experts in aquaculture and aquaponics.
This time of year brings many Wisconsinites out on Friday nights for fish fries. Over the years, yellow lake perch has gotten harder to find on menus. The Farmory in Green Bay is attempting to turn the tied on the shortage and in the process, help out Wisconsin farmers. Dr. Ken Webb, an aqua-culture expert at UW-Green Bay, has observed the once thriving local yellow perch population become almost non-existant. “Almost all of the yellow lake perch that we eat in Wisconsin comes from Canada,” said Dr. Ken Webb, an aquaculture expert at UWGB. Webb has seen a once thriving local yellow lake perch population become almost non-existent. The shortage doesn’t just affect what’s on your plate. Perch are a big part of the food chain in the Great Lakes. “This is terrifying. This is the fundamental base of the food web in the lakes. Basically all of the fish that we’re interested in eating from yellow perch up, eat yellow perch,” said Webb. Source: Wisconsin Farmory helping with perch shortage | spectrumnews1.com
The Farmory celebrated its launch of the state-of-the-art yellow perch fish hatchery in Green Bay on Feb. 10, 2020. The nonprofit hatchery is an indoor urban farm that focuses on aquaponics and aquaculture. The startup hatchery launched with assistance from its educational partners at UW-Green Bay. CSET Dean John Katers was one of the speakers at the ribbon-cutting event. Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr. WFRV has a report.
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The Farmory in Green Bay is on a mission to replenish the perch supply in Northeast Wisconsin and a new yellow perch hatchery unveiled Monday is set to help improve the population. According to the Wisconsin DNR, the number of yellow perch has been on the decline in the Great Lakes since 1988. The new state of the art hatchery, which is also designed to be environmentally friendly, is a step to reviving the yellow perch. “These are fully recirculating systems, so we’re not having to waste a lot of water. These systems are contained, and the fish stay healthy, and it’s a bio-secure environment,” says Claire Thompson, Executive Director at the Farmory. CSET Dean John Katers was one of the guest speakers. Source: New hatchery at Green Bay’s The Farmory aimed at replenishing yellow perch supply | #wearegreenbay.com#
On Feb. 10, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. at 437 S. Jackson St., Green Bay at the NeighborWorks Green Bay offices, the Farmory will host a ribbon cutting celebration to launch a state-of-the-art yellow perch fish hatchery. It is free and open to the public. UW-Green Bay’s Dean John Katers (CSET) will be among those giving remarks. The gathering begins at 3:30 p.m., with remarks beginning at 3:45 p.m. and media interviews to follow. The hatchery is a step toward helping revive this one-time staple of the Great Lakes and helping our region become an industry leader in fresh-water aquaculture.
The Farmory is also celebrating the 100th anniversary of its building, which was originally opened as the Allouez Mineral Springs water bottling plant in March of 1920, and later became the Armory, which housed the Army National Guard. After 40 years of vacancy, a group of visionary community leaders gathered financial and in-kind support to bring the concept of an urban farm to reality.
The Farmory is a 501(c)3 nonprofit indoor urban farm with a social mission. The farm focuses on aquaponics and aquaculture and provides the fuel for our programming objectives which provide learning opportunities in sustainable agriculture that build economic self-sufficiency, improve health, well-being and the environment. The hatchery has been launched with assistance from our educational partners at UW-Green Bay. We welcome community members to join us in celebration.
The Farmory, a UW-Green Bay partnership, is one of the local nonprofits participating in this year’s Give BIG Green Bay Campaign. The Farmory is a campaign that wants to model sustainable ways of growing, eating and living to those around them through education and outreach. The Farmory wishes to create a model of agricultural innovation that reimagines the use of indoor urban spaces and provides our community with opportunities to cultivate healthy, sustainable livelihoods.
Give BIG Green Bay is a partnership between the Green Bay Packers and the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. This year’s campaign will be the third year of having a 24-hour community philanthropy event. The event starts on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 at noon and will end on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 at noon. Donations can be made online through credit card payment, or in person through a check at the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation office.
There are 40 participating nonprofits in this year’s campaign. Other UW-Green Bay Partners include the Jack Nitschke Center, Paul’s Pantry and YMCA Greater Green Bay. More information regarding Give BIG Green Bay, including donation information, can be found on its website.
The Great Lakes perch supply is plunging, and some restaurants are limiting sales of that Friday night fish fry staple. However, the Farmory in Green Bay is raising perch in hopes people won’t have to search for a plate of deep fried fish. After two years of research and development, perch are thriving inside The Farmory.
“Right now we’re on the cusp of a major breakthrough for our business line which is producing yellow perch,” says Claire Thompson, The Farmory executive director.
Overseeing The Farmory’s commercial hatchery is UW-Green Bay Associate Researcher Ken Webb. By controlling water temperature and light, baby perch are produced year-round. See more via Amid Great Lakes shortage, perch are thriving at Green Bay’s Farmory | wbay.com.
The Friday night fish fry—a staple of Northeast Wisconsin—is in trouble, with most of the fish on your Friday plate, imported. The Farmory, in partnership with UW-Green Bay’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology, is on a mission to change the tide, be creating a perch hatchery right here, in Northeast Wisconsin. Read more and see how you can help.
Dean John Katers (College of Science, Engineering and Technology) has been named as a new board member for The Farmory. Read the full article from Insight Publications.