The Hannahville Indian Community has entered a proposal for the granting of permits for opening up fish farms in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula near Escanaba. With the expanding need for food fish the and the exaggerated unemployment rate of the area it has what appears to be a win, win proposal.
ESCANABA – Because of an increasing world population and the resulting need for more food, now is the prime time to invest in fish farming in the Upper Peninsula.
That was the message relayed Wednesday by three parties interested in doing feasibility studies on developing the aquaculture industry locally. The vision of the project was presented at Escanaba City Hall during a monthly meeting of municipal officials and other representatives from throughout Delta County.
“The time is right – economically and politically,” said Dave Anthony speaking on behalf of the Hannahville Indian Community. Hannahville has entered into a memo of understanding with two other entities to explore the development of fish farms.
The other two interested parties are Pisces Industries of Escanaba, a manufacturer of fish-processing equipment, and the Delta County Economic Development Alliance (DCEDA).
Vickie Schwab, DCEDA director, commented fish farms could offer economic possibilities for the county and the U.P. to capitalize on raising fish for food to meet future demands.
“This opportunity is all about protein,” said Schwab, offering a definition on aquaculture. “It’s about raising fish, plants and other aquatic organisms in controlled conditions to produce a marketable product.” Click this link to finish reading Reel deal? Entities consider U.P. fish farming.
The community has the resources, both financial and managerial to accomplish this much needed operation. Perch, whitefish, and trout are the target species which are native to the area and could supply restaurants and grocers world wide with Great Lakes fish.