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Opportunities Abound in Ohio

by Ellen Hardy
17 March 2008, at 12:00am

US - Three million pounds of fish is what Ohio needs each year to satisfy local demand. And Ohio's farmers should be making more of the opportunities to farm fish, says Marty Domer Senior of the Fish Farmers of Ohio Association.

He says that open-ended contracts are available to anyone who can help supply fish and his association is looking to sign up new entrants, says an article in the Times-Reporter.
Domer has been involved in fish farming for 27 years - helping others get started in the business along with running his own business, the Domer Fish Hatchery Inc. in Mineral City.

He has enthusiastically designated Tuscarawas County as the birthplace of aquaculture in Ohio. Ohio fish farmers rank first in the nation in the production of Yellow Perch and Hybrid bluegill and fourth in largemouth bass.

Fish has been second only to oil as America’s largest import for more than 40 years, he said.

“At a time when we’re losing industries and jobs, this really is a billion dollar industry waiting to happen in Ohio alone,” Domer said. “There’s the potential to create thousands and thousands of jobs. There aren’t too many things left with this kind of potential. We have a number of people in this association who are very educated and accomplished people. They’ve all invested time, work and money because they feel the future in aquaculture is the way to go.”

View the The Times-Reporter story by clicking here.

Ellen Hardy