Live catfhish fry in western Canada?

joel_bc(z6 BC)April 16, 2007

Does anyone know of a west-Can source for catfish fry? Thanks.


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

The commercially viable species of catfish, Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Black Catfish and Brown Catfish, are all classed as an Invasive Species in BC.

Right now, there is a $20,000 reward for evidence leading to the prosecution and conviction of anyone caught stocking these fish, along with perch, bass, crappies, bluegills, pike, pickerel and muskies in any of our lakes, ponds or rivers.

You will need a permit from BC Fish and Wildlife, a self contained farm pond with no permanent or seasonal overflow, and will be required to post several remediation bonds to raise an invasive species.

In most of BC, our waters are too cold year round, for catfish, bass, etc for sucessful commercial catfish rearing.

If you have a self contained pond with no overflow, consider instead (Rainbow Trout), marketed as steelhead, if the pond temp stays below 70F in the heat of late summer. You will have to feed the fish, for the operation to be commercially sucessfull, and the feed will have to contain either the chemical Astaxanthin, or natural sources of Astaxanthin stereoisomers such as ground shrimp or lobster shells to produce the red flesh required for a marketable product.

Keep in mind as well that the cycle for the pond in commercial production will be 6 years or less, with up to three harvests, before the waste from the fish will render the pond little more than a septic tank.

Most commercial operations use above ground concrete tanks, as they can be cleaned and flushed between plantings.

If the goal is the production of a few fish for the home table and an evenings sport after work, talk to BC Fish and Wildlife as dependant on area and location, Coastal Cutthroat, Westslope Cutthroat, Brook Trout, Redside Rainbow Trout, Kootenay Rainbow Trout, Coastal Rainbow Trout and Steelhead are just some of the species that may be suitable, and only a few fingerlings will be needed.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2007 at 1:17PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
joel_bc(z6 BC)

jaybc, thanks for your response. A lot of good info, though it certainly poses a number of hurdles.

I've made my e-mail addy available on My Page. Yours doesn't give the option for e-mail. But I'd like to communicate just a little by e-mail on this topic, if you're up for it. So if you are, then drop me a note.

Yeah, I'm thinking non-commercially, by the way.


    Bookmark   April 17, 2007 at 5:55PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Where is the best place to buy farm land?
I'm currently somewhat young and I live in a former...
Breckwell P-24 Pellet Stove control board wires
I have a very old model P-24 Breckwell self standing...
Cast Iron Cookware...Cleaning Swap Meet Findings
Yesterday I picked up several cast iron skillets from...
I have never had rats but I guess onto every farm a...
Farm/Homestead in MD vs VA
Hi, I'm new 'round here! We are going to be buying...
Sponsored Products
AICO Furniture - Windsor Court 3 Piece Occasional Table Set in...
Great Furniture Deal
USA vs. Canada Gallery-Wrapped Canvas
$79.99 | zulily
Darby Foyer Table
Cost Plus World Market
Brown Melrose Leather Sectional Sofa, Left Chaise + 3 Seater + 1 Seater
Zuri Furniture
George Kovacs | Squared 5-Light Chandelier
$370.00 | YLighting
Flower Pedals Plant Stand
$99.99 | Dot & Bo
Kelley modern sectional sofa
Interior Define
Cerchi Collection 2-Light 22 1/2" Wide Chrome Wall Sconce
Lamps Plus
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™