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Nick Phelps examines minnows from a Minnesota fish farm

Fish support food, recreation, the ecosystem, and the economy. In Minnesota, state and private aquaculture has operated for more than 100 years and has primarily been focused on supplementing natural production for recreation: stocking lakes and rivers with fish like walleye, trout, and muskies. Minnesota also produces food fish, with about 1 million pounds of tilapia sold each year, and baitfish.

In addition to traditional aquaculture, a growing demand for locally grown and sustainable food fish has increased interest in aquaponics—a plant/fish production system.

Extension offers support to aquaculture and aquaponics operations and supports the state's fishing industry by:

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