Yellow Perch being raised at Willoughby aquatic fish farm

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio - If you like yellow perch, you don't have to go far to get some.

Ken Raftery opened Willoughby Ohio Aquatic Farm LLC last year, and is raising more than 30,000 fresh yellow perch.

It's all done with 12 tanks filled with 950 gallons of water and is closely monitored 24 hours a day.

"The fish are fed twice a day and pretty much they take care of themselves," said farm manager Mike Cosper.

According to Cosper, there are no contaminates, and they don't use steroids, hormones or antibiotics.

For fish in Lake Erie -- because they're in their natural environment -- it takes at least two years and sometimes three to grow to maturity. The farm fish take 12 to 14 months to harvest.

Raftery said he's concerned that the lakes and oceans are being out fished. And he said if the Asian Carp get through the barriers, we're going to have a big problem getting fresh fish from our Great Lakes.

The fish is processed, fileted and sold to the general public and restaurants. For more information on purchasing fish, go to Willoughbyperch.com .

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