In May 1987, Minnesota Power and the UMD/NRRI Business Group
discussed the need to determine the market potential for
commercial walleye production in the State of Minnesota.
Subsequently, the UMD/NRRI Business Group agreed to establish the
feasibility of a Minnesota based walleye culture business
assessing current cultural practices and to determine the value
of utilizing warm water in such an operation. In order to
establish a base line operation, the walleye market and cultural
requirements for walleye were examined.
Walleye are sold as table fish for human consumption or as
fry and fingerlings for stocking. Table walleye are harvested
from natural lakes with 90% imported from Canada. Stocking
walleye are raised in Minnesota using extensive culture methods,
but the profitability of a business based on extensive culture is
questionable because production costs and survival rates are
uncertain. Experimental research suggests an intensive walleye
operation utilizing warm water may improve the survival and
growth rates, thus increasing the profit potential. Intensely
culturing walleye in a warm water research facility could
establish survival rates, growth rates, and production costs
which can improve the predictability of profits for an intensive
Skurla, James A; Van Hale, Thomas.
The Feasibility for Marketing and Culturing Walleyes in Minnesota.
University of Minnesota Duluth.
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