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Aquaculture Day is on Saturday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin is known for its dairy farms, but there's another kind of farm that's growing in popularity in our state. Saturday is Wisconsin Aquaculture Day, to celebrate fish farmers.

Aquaculture, or fish farming, is defined as the raising of aquatic organisms in controlled settings. Rebecca Nelson, the co-owner of Nelson & Pade, Inc., says aquaculture is an important agriculture industry in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin's private aquaculture dates back to 1856, and now there are over 2400 farms registered in Wisconsin. 

In 2010, the state legislature declared the third Saturday of July as statewide Aquaculture Day. This year, the day is recognized on Saturday, July 20. 10 Fish Farms are hosting events state wide. The farms are located in Cascade, Elton, Menomonie, Montello, New London, North Freedom, Oregon, Palmyra, Red Cliff, Shiocton and Star Prairie

Nelson's fish farm in Montello is one of the 10 host farms. The farm is offering free tours of its aquaponic greenhouse facility. There will also be fresh aquaponic produce and whole tilapia for sale, as well as books, videos, growing supplies and complete aquaponic systems from Nelson and Pade. The Montello Lions club will be selling WI brats, snacks and drinks.

Nelson says there will be several of activities at any of the host farms, but it depends on the farm. Some of the other activities could be cooking demonstrations and fee fishing.

To learn more about Aquaculture, click here.

Nelson joined us on 27 News at 7 on Friday to talk about Aquaculture, and also gave a delicious recipe.

Nelson and Pade's Tilapia Ceviche Recipe:

  • 1 lb of locally-farmed, fresh tilapia fillets, diced.
  • 8 limes, juiced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 5 green onions
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 small sweet peppers
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley (or cilantro)
  • ½ finely diced jalapeño (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Place diced tilapia in a medium sized bowl and pour lime juice over.  Chill approximately 2 hours (until the tilapia becomes opaque).  Then pour off half of the lime juice.  Toss with remaining ingredients and stir gently.  Serve with chips or over lettuce as a salad.

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