Bell Aquaculture sits on family owned land in Albany, Indiana. Originally farmed for dairy and grain, now it’s home to the nation’s largest yellow perch aquaculture facility. The vision for Bell began when co-founder Michael Miller became interested in aquaculture in 1994. After studying this science and getting involved in the Indiana Aquaculture Association, he developed a dream to bring the local and personal favorite yellow perch back to the area and eventually the nation. Now Bell is poised to be a world leader in sustainable aquaculture, providing the world’s best yellow perch.
Great Technology, Pure Quality.
Not only is our business a sustainable way to feed people, we are responsible with every aspect of our operations.
Committed to the best technology possible, Bell has worked with experts, initiated research and development, and employed licensed technology from a major university to grow our fish. We have become a true vertically integrated facility: nurturing our fish from egg to full-grown fish right there at the farm. And because we have our own broodstock, the genetic health of the fish can be protected before new fish are even born. Our fish are grown indoors in re-circulating aquaculture systems so there is no danger of outside contamination of any kind. The fish live in water that is purified on-site and held to almost the same standards as a municipal water supply.
We have our own state-of-the-art US-FDA inspected processing facility. After harvest, the fish are held in coldwater, then filleted, deboned, rinsed and quick frozen within 48 hours to hold the freshness. Because of the natural low fat content, yellow perch don’t lose any flavor during the freezing process.
Right now, we are working to produce our own fish hydrolysate fertilizer with the offal (remains) of our processed fish. (See Fish Rich.) So nothing goes to waste; we grow the fish and return them to the earth to help soil and give plants healthy growth.
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