Bell Aquaculture Named 'Industry of the Year' By Jay County Chamber of Commerce at Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet

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Bell Aquaculture, the nation's largest yellow perch (Perca flavescens) farm and pioneer in sustainable fish farming operations, received 'Industry of the Year' recognition at the Jay County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet held January 26.

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Bell Aquaculture Named 'Industry of the Year' By Jay County Chamber of Commerce at Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet

  1. 1.                                                           Bell  Aquaculture  Named  ‘Industry  of  the  Year’  By  Jay  County  Chamber     of  Commerce  at  Annual  Meeting  &  Awards  Banquet       Bell  Aquaculture,  the  nations  largest  yellow  perch  (Perca  flavescens)  farm  and  pioneer  in  sustainable  fish   farming  operations,  received  ‘Industry  of  the  Year’  recognition  at  the  Jay  County  Chamber  of  Commerce   Annual  Meeting  &  Awards  Banquet  held  January  26.       Redkey,  IN  –    February  12,  2013  -­‐    Bell  Aquaculture,  the  nations  largest  yellow  perch  (Perca  flavescens)  farm   and  pioneer  in  sustainable  fish  farming  operations,  was  awarded    ‘Industry  of  the  Year’  recognition  by  the  Jay   County  Chamber  of  Commerce  at  its  Annual  Meeting  &  Awards  Banquet  held  January  26.  The  announcement   is  made  by  Norman  McCowan,  president  of  Bell  Aquaculture,  who  accepted  the  award  on  behalf  of  the  Bell   Aquaculture  team  from  Jay  County  Development  Corporation’s  Executive  Director  Bill  Bradley.   Mr.  Bradley  cited  Bell  as  “an  international  pacesetter  in  the  field  of  aquaculture,”  noting  that  Bell’s   “environmentally  green  industry”  recently  added  a  new  product  this  year,  organic  fertilizer  made  from  the  fish   processing  operation.   “I  was  very  surprised  and  both  thrilled  and  humbled  that  Bell  Aquaculture  was  chosen  for  this  special  honor.   On  behalf  of  our  entire  company,  I  thank  the  Jay  County  Chamber  for  singling  out  Bell  Aquaculture  and  our   industry  as  a  whole  with  this  much  appreciated  public  recognition,”  McCowan  said.     Other  recipients  of  the  Chamber’s  top  awards  included  David  Clamme,  who  accepted  the  Lifetime   Achievement  Award  on  behalf  of  his  mother,  Rosalie  Clamme;  Bob  Schmit,  Citizen  of  the  Year;  Robert  Banser,   Dunkirk  Community Commitment  Award;  and  Buzz  Keck,  general  manager  of  Moser  Motors  (Business  of  the   Year).   Jay  County  Chamber  of  Commerce   Located  in  Portland,  IN,  the  Jay  County  Chamber  of  Commerce  is  the  visionary  leader  of  business,  unified  to   promote  and  enhance  the  future  of  commerce  and  quality  of  life.  The  Chamber  serves  the  communities  of   Portland,  Dunkirk,  Redkey,  Bryant,  Pennville,  and  Salamonia.  For  more  information,  visit:   http://www.jaycountychamber.com.       Bell  Aquaculture  Operations     The  Bell  Aquaculture  production  facility  sits  on  family-­‐owned  land  in  Albany,  Indiana,  comprising  the  nation’s   largest  yellow  perch  farm.    The  company  headquarters  are  6  miles  north  in  Redkey,  Indiana,  where  the  Bell Perch™ Yellow  Perch  "leftovers"  are  processed  at  its  fertilizer  plant  into  Fish  Rich®  Organic  2-­‐2-­‐2  Fertilizer.   OMRI  Listed,  Fish  Rich  is  made  from  toxin-­‐  and  mercury-­‐free  fish  and  has  a  very  mild  fish  odor.     -­‐More-­‐  
  2. 2. Page  2  "Not  only  is  our  business  a  sustainable  way  to  feed  people,  we  are  responsible  with  every  aspect  of  our  operation.    Were  committed  to  the  best  technology  possible,  working  with  industry  experts,  initiating  research  and  development,  and  employing  licensed  technology  from  a  major  university  to  grow  our  fish.      “We  have  become  a  true  vertically  integrated  facility:  nurturing  our  fish  from  egg  to  full-­‐grown  fish  right  here  at  the  farm.  And,  because  we  have  our  own  broodstock,  the  genetic  health  of  the  fish  can  be  protected  before  new  fish  are  born.  Plus,  our  fish  are  grown  indoors  in  recirculating  aquaculture  systems,  minimizing  danger  from  outside  contamination,"  McCowan  explains.      About  Bell  Aquaculture    Bell  Aquaculture,  headquartered  in  Redkey,  IN,  is  a  producer  and  processor  of  farm-­‐raised  fish  for  restaurants  and  consumer  use.  Production  facilities,  dedicated  to  yellow  perch,  are  located  in  Albany,  IN,  and  comprise  the  nation’s  largest  yellow  perch  farm.  More  information  about  Bell  Aquaculture  is  available  at  http://www.bellaquaculture.com.            Bell  Aquaculture  also  is  found  on  these  social  media  sites:    Twitter:  http://twitter.com/BellAquaculture  -­‐  http://twitter.com/INYellowPerch  -­‐  http://twitter.com/FriNightFishFry  Fish  Rich  Facebook  Page:  www.facebook.com/FishRich  Bell  Aquaculture  Facebook  Page:  http://www.facebook.com/BellPerch  YouTube  Channel:  http://www.youtube.com/BellAquaculture  News  Feed  Blog:  http://indianayellowperch.blogspot.com     #  #  #  Contact:    Maggie  Holben,  Bell  Aquaculture  Media  Relations,  303-­‐984-­‐9801,  maggie@absolutelypr.com    

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