Saturday, July 31, 2010

Could Iowa be ready for Aquaculture?

There I go again....I'm in this state less than a month and I'm thinking "what could my next business venture be here?" Cheryl thinks I'm crazy! And after Oak and Chisel, Allenbrite, Picklejar books, and great lake vending all going the way of the Dodo, I'm thinking I'm crazy as well! So here is the scoop: There are only a handful of current operating aquaculture facilities here in Iowa according to my latest Google search. Most of them focus on fee fishing or pond stocking operations. None, That I had researched, grow fish for the seafood industry. You could look at it as 'I've moved the the wrong place!' Or you could look at it as 'this is the Perfect place to get something started!' I'm the latter. Thinking that I, with my limited knowledge and business experience could actually make a go of bluegill aquaculture here. Oh! Have I mentioned that I'm still broke! Yes! Starting another business with no start up capital! Perhaps this is why Cheryl and I are not as successful with our business ventures. Lack of funding! Anyway, here are the reasons that I think that Iowa in general and Wellman/Kalona specifically, could have the potential to spearhead the bluegill aquaculture industry. These small towns are located near several small rivers and tributaries. ( supply of water) I have also seen several plots of land with small ponds already existing on them. Wellman and Kalona seem to be small towns that, after several years of downsizing, are now back on the rise with new blood, new people, and new ideas ready to grow their small town back to its former glory. In Wellman, there are a number of vacant building s that once were used to grow and produce turkeys! When this business folded, it took several families down with it and currently, no one is operating the property. ( a convenient location next to a skilled labor force) So now all I need is MONEY! Money makes life happy and helps grow business like fertilizer to a plant. I also am wondering what the town council would think of my idea and if there is some legal mumbo jumbo that has to take place before we can get the ball rolling. But first, I have to secure my place here and that means getting back in the black and out of the red with our current job. I have not been blogging lately, but this rant has been building up. I can't wait to get some pictures on the blog because the countryside is very pretty. And a picture is worth 1000 words and are not as challenging to read. Hope everyone has a great weekend! Update! I just found an interesting article on the web about just this subject! And...get this....They got their study fish from IOWA! But they are doing the research in Missouri. Anyway, here is a link to the article.


L. D. Burgus said...

At one time there was a place that grew I believe tilapia but that was quite a few years ago. Catfish would be another good one to develop.

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