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On July 1, 2014 Bell Aquaculture proudly launched a venture they have been working on for almost a decade. An honored invitee, Vice President of Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems Bob Miller, was in attendance sharing this aquaculture milestone with an estimated 300 guests, including fish farmers and government officials. The Bell Farms™ Aqua Feed mill is a representation of the final major step in completing the integrated aquaculture farm in Albany, Indiana.
Norman McCowan, President and CEO of Bell Aquaculture LLC expressed his gratitude saying “A long time dream has been realized here today. I am very proud of our team, our partners and our community for working together to make this dream a reality and take this critical step toward providing a solution to our coming food deficit.”
The dream of Bell Aquaculture Bell Farms™ Aqua Feed mill had the support of many companies like Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems as well as organizations and individual fish farmers all working toward the same goal, including immeasurable amounts of research and implementation. Bell Aquaculture relies on our DSF series Drum Filter for their filtration needs. The Drum Screen Filter has proven to be highly efficient and reliable in removing solids from volumes of water large or small, playing an important role in the filtration process at Bell Aquaculture.
Bell Farms™ Aqua Feed mill will be the first of its kind to produce locally and serve the aquaculture business on a larger scale. It is estimated that Bell Farms™ will produce 2 million pounds of feed per month with over half of their ingredients found locally. This venture is managed by Dr. Steven Craig, who has knowledge and experience with fish nutrition of more than 25 years. With Dr. Craig’s expertise, the feeds from the mill will be customized to the specific species; altering nutritional, biological and physiological needs to the specifications of the fish life cycle.
We are pleased to be a part of this innovative project in the aquaculture industry.
As they say, it is a new era and being a health conscious individual is all the rage. Where doggy yoga and frequent visits to Fresh Market and Trader Joes are the new “social scenes.” As a society, we are now choosing seafood over meat and the high demand is barely being met. Our struggle for wild fish is not only being jeopardized by the amount available but what we are capturing is also unhealthy. An article released a few days ago on CNN has laid out the facts for us regarding contaminates in our ocean waters and how plastic is destroying our sea life. As reported by Casey Tolan for CNN, “Plastic waste in oceans is causing $13 billion of damage to marine ecosystems each year." The solution is easy; fish farming via aquaculture with Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems.
To learn more about the ocean waters & wild fish epidemic read it here.
Our efforts in Aquaponics have been recognized in national media this week! Fast Company's reporter explains our leadership initiatives and the innovative process of our closed-loop recirculating aquaponics system at Urban Organics in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Adam Bluestein of Fast Company also interviewed Pentair CEO Randy Hogan:
"We believe that recirculating aquaculture systems like this are a technology that will allow us to sustainably feed the world and build a good, and big, business. We want to be the ‘Intel Inside’ that helps the process work."
You may learn more about our exciting project and share the news here!
We are proud to be a part of Urban Organics and to be recognized in this Newsweek article about the future of Aquaponics. Learn more here about how Aquaponics is feeding the world!
Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems and the Urban Organics team have partnered together to develop the Hamm's Brewery project, which is a year round indoor aquaponics facility for organic fish and greens production. With PAES expertise and equipment backing the endeavor, the six-story urban building will eventually house eighteen 3,500-gallon fish tanks and generate more than 1,000,000 pounds of produce per year in St. Paul, Minnesota, which has previously been thought of as a food desert.
On April 10th, we helped open the doors during the ribbon cutting of the indoor farm in St. Paul, Minnesota, introducing the recirculated method of farming to produce these nutrient rich veggies. Aquaponics is a symbiotic relationship between fish and plants, where the water from the fish tanks is used to grow the plants and vegetables, furthermore the plants purifying the water and it is than recirculated back into the fish tanks.
If you would like to read more about the Urban Organics launch and the aquaponics process, you may visit http://www.pentair.com/impact-stories/2014/april/farming-reimagined!