For over 30 years the yellow perch (Perca flavescens) has been viewed as a species with great potential for aquaculture in the North Central Region (NCR). The species has been the focus of a significant amount of research over this period, and has been a priority species for research sponsored by the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center (NCRAC) since its inception in 1988. Despite these efforts almost no information has been available on “real world” production parameters and costs of raising yellow perch to market size using different system types. The lack of such basic information on production costs is a primary reason for the failure of numerous yellow perch operations in the NCR.
Iowa State University