Bell Aquaculture announced plans Feb. 25 to open a feed mill to supply feed for the local and national aquaculture industry. The new mill, located at Bell Farms in Albany, Ind., will be the first of its kind to locally produce feed to service the aquaculture industry on a mass scale using local Indiana ingredients.
Scott Nelson of Integral Fish Foods, recently purchased by Bell, will be the head of operations for the mill. He brings 30 years of experience in fish feed production, and will provide Bell with the expertise to produce feeds specific to fish species and key periods in the life cycle of the fish, the announcement said.
The mill is expected to begin production this April with a production capacity of 2.2 million lb. per month, sourcing 50-60% of ingredients locally.
In 2005, Bell Aquaculture was founded in Redkey, Ind., as a solution to a problem: the fish in Lake Michigan were contaminated. Bell has invested more than $20 million in an aquaculture research and development center and built a state-of-the-aquaculture facility located in rural Indiana to provide a toxin-free supply of fish to meet the demand. Bell offers trout, salmon, perch, feed and fertilizers that are derived from fish.