The fish farming industry in the USA follows a very atypical trait. There are several fish farms now in the USA, a majority of them producing fish for consumption while a good lot amongst them produce ornamental fish for decoration and aquarium. Fish can be farmed in own ponds, tanks, cages etc.
Best Fish Farms in the USA
There are roughly around 1800 plus farms producing fish in the USA and a majority of them produce fish for consumption. The most popular fish raised in the USA is catfish followed by trout, yellow perch etc.
10. Freshwater farms of Ohio –
Located at Ohio, it is the largest indoor fish raising place of the state. For any family, it is a good weekend break from city life .The ideal time of visiting the place is Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the visit to the hatchery is completely free.
One should visit the place during the annual fish and Shrimp festival for a thoroughly enjoyable holiday. Fishes like Bluegill, channel catfish, yellow perch, largemouth bass and rainbow trout. The last exhibit on rainbow trout is really a fun and treat for all the kids who visit.
There is an exhibit of a rare endangered fish at the petting zoo. For gastronomy lovers servings of fresh trout fillets, trout patties and smoked trout are available.
9. Seattle Fish Company –
Based at Washington , the company is nationally famous for its fresh fish and seafood which it produces. Some of the extremely popular items are salmon, halibut, prawn. Lobster, crab meat, etc. Amongst the seafood delicacies are Caribbean lobster tails. Scallops, tiger prawns and oysters.
As a very novel marketing strategy, Seattle Fish Company offers gift cards through which one can gift fish to friends for a certain amount. The company also promotes its brands through souvenirs like T Shirts.
8. Icicle Sea foods –
With headquarters at Seattle , Icicle sea foods is a major player in sea food processing and has arrangements of vessel based processing facilities in Alaska. Icicle has got a number of subsidiaries under it like Snopac Products, Smoki Foods, Icicle Seafoods, Kodiak Salmon Packers etc.
Icicle is owned by Cooke Seafood USA Inc. Initially it was started by a group of fishermen in Alaska and by the late 1970s and 1980s it became one of the largest seafood processors in the country. The company has to its credit being one of the top producers of Salmon, Cod and Halibut.
This month Icicle has been awarded at the Annual Suppliers Award by the Whole Foods Market .
7.I .F Anderson Farms –
Established in 1949 at Arkansas , I F Anderson is today the largest producers of Minnows nationally in the USA . Today it is one of the biggest fish farms with 11000 sq ft. hatchery facility. The farm’s State of the art lab is one of the best in the USA. The farm’s specialities are Gold fish, Golden Shiner and black and pink fathead minnows.
As a service to its customers, I F Anderson ships fish directly from its hub to the consignee’s doors. The all purpose live baitfish, The Black Salty is the farm’s flagship item which is available in three sizes.
6. Segrest Farms –
The Florida based farm established in 1961 is one of the largest producers of ornamental fish in the USA. Manufacturer of its patented item GLOFISH, a tropical and cold water variety fish, the farm supplies its items to public aquariums, pet stores for the end consumers at home and to pisci culture research institutes.
Apart from fish farming, Segrest also markets, aquatic plants, reptiles and saltwater specimens for its customers. One can also place orders through its portal too which is open 24/7.
As a policy to augment the cause of environment, Segrest will donate a portion of its sales proceeds towards Rising Tide Conservation for funding marine aquaculture research.
5. Neighbourhood Fish farms –
Started in 1970s, Neighbourhood Fish Farms is one of the oldest marine and fish farms in Miami. The farm is rated as one of the best to offer excellent pocket friendly prices with very good quality of fish.
The attitude of the staff is very friendly and helpful. The farm also markets some of the exotic freshwater fishes and had a huge collection of Goldfish.
Apart from sea foods and fish the farm also markets marine and aquatic plants for aquarium.
4. Fender’s Fish Hatchery –
The Ohio based farm which started its operation in 1956 today owns and grows some of the best and the healthiest fish in almost 200 acres of ponds in three countries.
The farm is family owned and that is one of the main reasons why a personal touch is in its everyday operations. The owner is considered an authority in pond management and has published a book on the subject which has a great demand.
The farm now has a fleet of trucks with at least 5000 boxes of fish moving through the places and today has a new stock building and a small warehouse of products.
3. Blue Sea Aquariums-
Operating since 2003 and based at Florida, the company makes customised aquariums and aquariums for homes too. Since 2007 the company produces salt water fish and live coral. In fact it is one of the finest coral suppliers in the country.
The variety of coral the farm supplies is enormous apart from a whole variety of crabs and some of the exotic fishes like Gem Tang and Black Storm Clownfish.
Of late the company supplies microalgae too.
2. Glidden Point Oyster farms –
This Maine based farm was established in 1987 and is a great successful endeavour by a marine biologist who is one of its founders. The farm markets shellfish, clams, mussels and of course the oysters for which it is famous for. Cooked oysters are also available at the farm from 1 p.m. along with semi hard drinks.
The farm produce are vouched by the executive chefs at the top hotels of the country and is also sold to wholesalers, individuals, nationally and globally.
1. Imperial Tropical –
Established in 1970 at Florida, Imperial Tropical is one of the best rated wholesalers o the country right since its inception. Very high quality tropical fishes are hatched in over hundred ponds and as many breeding vats which are in turn housed in green houses.
The farm supplies its produce to the biggest agents and distributors of the USA. Recently the farm has started B2C operations also, supplying directly to the people who have fish culture as their hobby.
Sometimes even wild fish are imported from abroad for people who are in this hobby. Normal customers too can go online and purchase directly from Imperial.