There will soon be a new GIS map out to guide Wisconsin aquaculture startups on the best places to set up a fish farm, according to a Wisconsin Sea Grant blog post.
Allen Brandt, a University of Wisconsin graduate student, took the reins on the project under the guidance of Chris Hertleb, a UW biology professor.
The map they are developing incorporates several factors fish farmers need to know to find the optimal location to set up shop. It includes which tracts of land are available and acceptable by federal government standards to farm fish.
Brandt also added water quality data from Wisconsin counties, including pH, hardness and water availability. Since some counties had little to no data, Brandt had to fill in the gaps himself.
The map should be released by the end of the summer.