We started out as a Koi Hobbyist for the last 17 plus years keeping and breeding Koi fish. In 2006 one of our management personnel became associate share holder and board director of another fish farm in Lodi, and is where we got interested in the cultivation of fish for food. Although we had an interest in this field dating back in our early Koi keeping adventures, we didn't get the ball rolling until recently. Our parent company United Property and Investment LLC was able to acquire a 191 acres fish farm in Merced, California in March of 2010, and named it Central Valley Aqua Farm pertaining to the location of the farm being in the heart of the Central Valley of California.
Our main productions are of three heavily consumed fish lineages, which include; Largemouth bass, Channel catfish, and Hybrid carp. Sturgeon are of another lineage we are still in the process of perfecting that will take 7-8 years to grow. We focus the rest of our attention on the ornamental Koi and Goldfish, with some emphasis on other lineages such as Golden shiner, Bluegill, and Crappie. To make a long story short, it was a very treacherous task and an enormous challenge, but an opportunity of a lifetime for us. Right after we took ownership of the fish farm that once used to be the Dutchman's Creek Fish Farm, the challenging work started for us because the farm was vacant for over a year. We had no broodstocks at the time and had to quickly purchase them from other fish farms. Our biggest concerns were of the Largemouth bass broodstock, because these fish needed to be at least 2 to 5 lbs to be considered breeding sizes, and are hard to come by in the marketplace because usually they are sold out early at 1 lbs. The second difficult lineage was the Channel catfish broodstocks since acquiring 5-8 lbs fish for breeding means a whole year's prior of waiting on a list, and if any other fish farms will provide them at all. Fortunately, Central Valley Aqua Farm have many good friends in the fish farming/aquaculture industry. As a result, we were able to acquired our stocks for the year.
Is to produce at high capacity within the 191 acres fish farm, enough fish to accommodate the live Asian fish food markets, which will put food on the table for millions of Californians. Our goal is to improve the quality and sizes of our fish. We don't use pesticides or herbicides to rid of pests and nuisance weeds like many fish farms do, which can cause contaminants in the water and to some degree to the fish. Therefore, our fish are tasty and most of all healthy to consume. In fact, fish is considered healthier to consume than any other means of meat, and with the wild fish sources becoming scarce because of depletion, over fishing, and diminishing habitat, makes fish produce even more demanding than ever. The American Heart Association and doctors have recommended fish in the diet, which contains beneficial Omega 3, proteins, etc.
Who do we sell to?
Central Valley Aqua Farm sells to qualified and licensed fish brokers, distributors, and retail stores at wholesale prices. If you are fish dealer/distributor, or retail store, please contact us for a current price list and information on how to purchase our fish. We also sell to the public, koi, goldfish, and other fish at retail prices. We want to build a good long lasting relationship with our customers, and maintains the following keys to our business relationship and success.
*Maintaining a reputable and untarnished reputation in the community.
*Our fish is hand selected for size and quality, indicating that you will get fish that will sell without the stigma of being undersize, unhealthy, and deformed.
*We strive for high quality, competitive products, and good prices.
*We have an established team that is passionate in the success of both our business and in our customers.
*We carry a good, honest, and ethical business practice.
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