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Bell Aquaculture is a producer and processor of farm-raised fish for restaurant and consumer use.  Initial production facilities, dedicated to yellow perch (Perca flavescens), are located in Albany, Indiana and comprise the nation’s largest yellow perch farm with an initial capacity of less than 100,000 pounds of fish per year, and ultimately exceeding 9 million pounds per year.  It is Bell Aquaculture’s mission to provide a consistent uninterrupted, year-round supply of yellow perch, with its great taste reputation; build partnerships with restaurants and individuals whose memories of yellow perch continue unabated, always hoping this fish will return to their menus and dinner plates; supply those who truly appreciate the great qualities of yellow perch; and build life long partners in resurrecting the great experience of tasting yellow perch on a consistent basis.

Bell Aquaculture News release archive:

8/15/13 - Indiana: 'Lt. Governor Ellspermann Honors Norman McCowan with Indiana Agrivision Award' Norman McCowan, the president of Bell Aquaculture, received the Indiana Agrivision Award this week, recognizing him as a leader of the agricultural community in Indiana - link to the full release

4/10/13 - Bell Aquaculture Partners with Bob Tanem’s Enterprises to Provide Fish Rich ® Organic Fertilizer to the Vegetable Garden at Homeward Bound’s New Beginnings Center

Bell Aquaculture, the nation's largest yellow perch (Perca flavescens) farm and pioneer in sustainable fish farming operations, is partnering with Bob Tanem 's Enterprises to provide Fish Rich Organic® Fertilizer to the Vegetable Garden at Homeward Bound's New Beginnings Center in  Novato http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases-test/bell-aquaculture-partners-with-bob-tanems-enterprises-to-provide-fish-rich-organic-fertilizer-to-the-vegetable-garden-at-homeward-bounds-new-beginnings-center-202304041.html
 
Bell Aquaculture, the nation's largest yellow perch (Perca flavescens) farm and pioneer in sustainable fish farming operations, received "Industry of the Year" recognition at the Jay County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet held January 26. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bell-aquaculture-named-industry-of-the-year-by-jay-county-chamber-of-commerce-190832181.html
 
Bell Aquaculture, the nation's largest yellow perch (Perca flavescens) farm and pioneer in sustainable fish farming operations, is exhibiting its OMRI-Listed "Fish Rich 2-2-2 Organic Fertilizer" at both the CENTS Marketplace in Columbus, OH, Jan. 14-16, and Green & Growin Trade Show in Greensboro, NC, Jan. 17-18. Chemical-free, Bell Aquaculture's organic fertilizer is made from sustainably raised Bell Perch™ Yellow Perch and used for vibrant growth of plants, flowers and vegetables. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/1/prweb10317740.htm 
 
10/12/12 - Bell Aquaculture Exhibits New Fish Rich™ 2-2-2 Organic Fertilizer at the 2012 Garden Writers Association Symposium in Tucson, Booth #302 - Bell Aquaculture, the nation's largest yellow perch (Perca flavescens) farm and pioneer in sustainable fish farming operations, is exhibiting its OMRI-Listed 'Fish Rich 2-2-2 Organic Fertilizer' at the 2012 Garden Writers Association (GWA) Annual Symposium October 12-15 in Tucson, Booth #302. Chemical-free, Bell Aquaculture's organic fertilizer is made from Yellow Perch and used for vibrant growth of plants, flowers and vegetables. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/10/prweb10001888.htm
5/1/12 - Bell Aquaculture Launches Fish Rich™ 2-2-2 Organic & Fish Rich+ 6-3-3 Fertilizers at 2012 National Hardware Show
 Bell Aquaculture, the nation's largest yellow perch (Perca flavescens) farm and pioneer in sustainable fish farming operations, is launching its OMRI Listed 'Fish Rich 2-2-2 Organic Fertilizer' and 'Fish Rich+ 6-3-3 Fertilizer' products at the 2012 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, May 1-3. Chemical-free, Fish Rich products are made from Yellow Perch and used for vibrant growth of plants, flowers and vegetables. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/5/prweb9449743.htm
Bell Aquaculture is one of the first companies in Indiana to implement a new emergency energy conservation program introduced in 2011 by AEP-Indiana Michigan Power. The Redkey-based company, operating the nation's largest yellow perch farm, has installed smart meters and control systems for standby generating equipment to provide for all its power needs during an energy emergency. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/3/prweb9327746.htm
Bell Aquaculture has teamed with the Indiana Soybean Alliance, Virginia Cobia Farms, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's 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. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/1/prweb9132484.htm
Bell Aquaculture, a pioneer in sustainable fish farming operations, is expanding its production facility in Albany, IN. Formed in 2005, Bell Aquaculture is the nation's largest yellow perch (Perca flavescens) fish farm. Read the full story at: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/6/prweb8531018.htm
6/2/11 - Bell Aquaculture Launches New Product: Fish Rich Organic Fertilizer 2-3-2
Bell Aquaculture, the nation's largest yellow perch (Perca flavescens) farm and pioneer in sustainable fish farming operations, has launched its new "Fish Rich Organic Fertilizer 2-3-2," for purchase online at the company website. Chemical-free, Fish Rich Organic Fertilizer 2-3-2 is from Yellow Perch and used for vibrant growth of plants, flowers and vegetables. Read the full story at: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/6/prweb8510121.htm
2/21/11 -  Bell Aquaculture Sponsors Fish Fry March 4th for The Friends of Limberlost State Historic Site - Bell Aquaculture is sponsoring a Fish Fry for The Friends of Limberlost State Historic Site March 4, 4-8 p.m., at the Lions Civic Center in Portland, IN. Proceeds will help pay construction costs of the Limberlost State Historic Site Welcome Center. Read the full story at http://indianayellowperch.blogspot.com/2011/02/bell-aquaculture-sponsors-fish-fry-for.html 
8/25/10 - Bell Aquaculture's Yellow Perch Operation Is First In Indiana To Receive 'Excellence in Progressive Farm Practice' Recognition From Lt. Governor's Office and ISDA  - Indiana Lt. Governor Rebecca S. Skillman and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) have recognized Bell Aquaculture LLC for excellence in progressive farm practices. Bell Aquaculture recently completed the voluntary ISDA Certified Livestock Producer Program (CLPP) in order to qualify for the review and is the first aquaculture facility in Indiana and one of only a few in the nation to receive this type of designation. Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/08/prweb4420694.htm
8/23/10 - Indiana's Joseph Decuis, First Indiana Restaurant Invited to Serve at New York's Prestigious James Beard House, Selects Bell Perch™ for Its Ceviche Appetizer - When guests sit down to dine at New York's prestigious James Beard house tonight, Bell Aquaculture Bell Perch™ will be on the menu in the "Perch Ceviche with Crispy Rice Cake, Lime Air & Chili Pepper" hors d'oeuvres offering. Joseph Decuis is the first restaurant in Indiana to be invited to serve at New York's prestigious James Beard House. Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/08/prweb4413344.htm
2/8/10 - Bell Aquaculture Announces Breaded Yellow Perch Product Line and Launches Bell Perch Online Ordering System - Yellow perch - the sweet, mild tasting fish everyone loves, especially at Friday Night Fish Fries - is now officially back in time to kickoff the Lenten season. The rollout of Bell Aquaculture's breaded yellow perch products and launch of the Bell Perch™ Online Ordering System means ample supplies of yellow perch fillets will now be available year around. Bell Aquaculture owns and operates of the nation's largest yellow perch farm in Albany, IN, with corporate headquarters and production facilities nearby in Redkey, northeast of Indianapolis. Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/02/prweb3569724.htm
1/25/10 - Bell Aquaculture's Bell Perch™ Featured for a Second Year At Purdue's Ag Alumni Fish Fry Feb. 6 - Under sponsorship of the Indiana Soybean Alliance, Bell Aquaculture is again providing the fish, specifically its Indiana raised Bell Perch™, to Purdue University's Agricultural Alumni Fish Fry on Saturday, Feb. 6. The event is held in the Toyota Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/01/prweb3455314.htm
2/18/09 - Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels Gives Thumbs Up to Bell Aquaculture's Bell Perch™ at Purdue's Ag Alumni Fish Fry - "Absolutely delicious," said Governor Mitch Daniels in last Saturday's Muncie Star-Press about the Bell Perch™ served at the annual Purdue University Agricultural Alumni Fish Fry held earlier this month in Indianapolis. Under sponsorship of the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA), Bell Aquaculture helped bring fish back to the menu at Purdue University's Agricultural Alumni Fish Fry this year. Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/02/prweb2091614.htm
2/3/09 - Fish - Specifically Bell Aquaculture's Bell Perch™ - Is Back On The Menu At Purdue's Ag Alumni Fish Fry Feb. 7 - Under sponsorship of the Indiana Soybean Alliance, Bell Aquaculture is helping bring fish back to the menu at Purdue University's Agricultural Alumni Fish Fry this Saturday, Feb. 7. Fish - specifically Indiana raised Bell Perch™ - is being reintroduced to the event's menu this year at the 11:30 a.m. luncheon in the Toyota Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/02/prweb1946074.htm
1/15/09 - Bell Aquaculture Announces Completion of Corporate Headquarters and Processing Facilities in Redkey, IN, For Nation's Largest Yellow Perch Farm - Bell Aquaculture has completed construction of its corporate headquarters and processing facilities in Redkey, Indiana. Darien (Illinois)-based Wight & Company, began work on the 28,000-square-foot Redkey project in July. Bell Aquaculture announced operation of the nation's largest yellow perch farm in March 2008; production facilities are located about five miles from Redkey in Albany, northeast of Indianapolis. Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/01/prweb1863574.htm
1/8/09 - Bell Aquaculture Launches $15 Million Equity Raise To Scale Technology and Processes For Nation's Largest Yellow Perch Farm - Indiana-based Bell Aquaculture is launching a focused search to raise $15 million of equity capital to scale the technology and processes for the nation's largest yellow perch farm. SDR Ventures, Inc., Denver-based investment banking firm, is assisting Bell Aquaculture in identifying the appropriate investor and financial partner to advance the company's continued growth through 2015. Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/01/prweb1832514.htm
12/10/08 - Global Trend of Farmed Fish Consumption Overtaking Wild-Raised Plays Out Domestically With Launch of Bell Aquaculture, Largest Yellow Perch Farm in U.S. - This year for the first time, according to a recent Wall Street Journal/Europe article, humans will eat more farmed fish than wild fish. The WSJ referenced a report now being prepared by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and featured a cod farm in Norway. The same trend is playing out in the U.S./Great Lakes Region for yellow perch, as detailed in Food Engineering magazine, with Bell Aquaculture's launch this year of the nation's largest yellow perch farm. The same holds true for farmed salmon in the UK, according to The Times Online. Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/12/prweb1724634.htm
7/21/08 - Bell Aquaculture Breaks Ground on Corporate Headquarters and Processing Facilities in Redkey, IN, for Nation's Largest Yellow Perch Farm - Bell Aquaculture has broken ground on its corporate headquarters and processing facilities in Redkey, Indiana. Darien (Illinois)-based Wight & Company, began work on Wednesday, July 16, 2008, for the new 27,000 square-foot project in Redkey. Bell Aquaculture announced operation of the nation's largest yellow perch farm in March; production facilities are located in Albany, Indiana, northeast of Indianapolis. Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/07/prweb1124474.htm
4/25/08 - Bell Aquaculture Featured at FoodSiteOfTheDay.com - Bell Aquaculture was the April 23 featured website at FoodSiteOfTheDay.com. The company began operation of the nation's largest yellow perch (Perca flavescens) farm at production facilities located in Albany, Indiana, northeast of Indianapolis, last month. The Albany facility currently has the production capacity of less than 100,000 pounds of fish per year and ultimately will exceed 9 million pounds per year and employ 70 in Albany at full build-out. Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/04/prweb888334.htm
4/17/08 - Aquaculture Expert Bill Manci, Chief Technology Officer for Bell Aquaculture, is Now Profiled at Expert411.com- Bell Aquaculture Chief Technology Officer Bill Manci is now profiled online at the Expert Information For Journalists website. The company began operation of the nation's largest yellow perch (Perca flavescens) farm at production facilities located in Albany, Indiana, northeast of Indianapolis, last month. The Albany facility currently has the production capacity of less than 100,000 pounds of fish per year and ultimately will exceed 9 million pounds per year and employ 70 in Albany at full build-out.Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/04/prweb863374.htm
4/10/08 - Bell Aquaculture Featuring The Nation's Largest Yellow Perch Farm Is Now Profiled At PublicRelationsNewsroom.com - Bell Aquaculture has begun operation of the nation's largest yellow perch (Perca flavescens) farm at production facilities located in Albany, Indiana, northeast of Indianapolis. The company is now profiled online at the Public Relations Newsroom. The Albany facility currently has the production capacity of less than 100,000 pounds of fish per year and ultimately will exceed 9 million pounds per year and employ 70 in Albany at full build-out. Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/04/prweb842394.htm
3/27/08 - NewsRadio 1340/Elkhart Features Bell Aquaculture President Michael Miller At Company Launch - Bell Aquaculture has begun operation of the nation's largest yellow perch (Perca flavescens) farm at production facilities located in Albany, Indiana, northeast of Indianapolis. Recently Bell President & COO Michael Miller was interviewed by NewsRadio 1340's Gary Sieber, giving Indianans more information about one of the State's newest businesses and insight into its expanding aquaculture industry. Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/03/prweb804284.htm
3/10/08 - Indiana-Based Bell Aquaculture Announces Company Launch, Featuring the Nation's Largest Yellow Perch Farm - Bell Aquaculture has begun operation of the nation's largest yellow perch (Perca flavescens) farm at production facilities located in Albany, Indiana, northeast of Indianapolis, with an initial capacity of less than 100,000 pounds of fish per year and ultimately exceeding 9 million pounds per year. Yellow perch is one of the most popular of all North American pan fish. It has a mild, sweet flavor with firm white flesh and low fat levels, making it a favorite in residential and commercial kitchens alike. Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/03/prweb754874.htm

 

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Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens)

Q. Why yellow perch?

A. Yellow perch is one of the most popular of all North American pan fish. It has a mild, sweet flavor with firm white flesh and low fat levels making it a favorite in residential and commercial kitchens alike. Not to be confused with white perch or rock perch, yellow perch is usually only available a few months out of the year. Overfishing, loss of habitat, pollution, and competition from invasive non-native species have reduced the commercial catch to less than 20 percent of its historic highs—an 80 percent reduction.

Q:  Isn’t yellow perch the fish typically served at Friday night fish fries?
A:  Yes!  Yellow perch has become extremely popular in the Great Lakes region for this reason, and known for its great flavor and low fat content.

Q:  Is there a difference in taste between wild-caught and farm-raised perch?
A:  No.  Several studies have shown that there is no taste difference.

Q:  Does Bell Aquaculture fish contain any mercury?
A:  No.  Unlike wild caught perch, Bell controls the environment of its product and can ensure that no toxins, including mercury, are in the fish.

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