Friday, February 18, 2011

Tecumseh research firm works to sustain fish populations through farming

Matt Osburn has been a fisherman all his life. When his long-time friend, Kent Herrick, asked him to manage the Aquaculture Research Corporation facility at 105 E. Russell Road, he was happy to accept. Osburn also works as an EMT with the Tecumseh Fire Department. “Kent saw a need for this, and obviously he isn’t able to be on-site every day,” said Osburn.

The nonprofit Aquaculture Research Corporation, funded by the Herrick Foundation, has been growing through its first three-and-a-half years with additional support in the research venture through such institutions as the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, the Toledo Zoo, and the Michigan Aquaculture Association.

The ultimate goal is to raise healthy, sustainable, homegrown seafood and make it available to restaurants, grocery stores and individuals. Kenneth Herrick once kept an automobile collection in the large pole barn next to the fire station, but it has been renovated so it could be a sanitary facility to grow yellow perch in tanks. Read more ...

This blog is written by Martin Little The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers.
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