Tapped in to Tilapia: Fish Farming Growing in Georgia

Article By: Joanie Stiers
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Georgia Tilapia Farm in Valdosta

When Langdale Farms sought supplemental income, the idea for indoor fish farming floated to the surface.

While Georgia primarily imports tilapia, after a decade raising the fish in addition to producing row crops, nuts, tomatoes and cattle, the folks at Langdale Farms can affirm tilapia are just as good raised in Georgia.

“Aquaculture in and of itself hasn’t had a lot of exposure yet,” says Mike Royals, fish farm manager for Langdale Farms. “There are very few people who really understand what we do and how we do it.”

U.S. aquaculture doubled production each decade during the past five decades, says Pat Duncan, director of the Georgia Center for Aquaculture Development at Fort Valley State University. Georgia possesses “huge potential” with its mild climate, abundant aquatic resources, major seaport and major international airport, she says. The developing emphasis on local food production and consumption also favors aquaculture development, even on a small scale.

In 2009, 399 operators produced fish valued at nearly $52 million, according to a University of Georgia report.

The state’s aquaculture industry supplies fish for recreational, ornamental and food use. Fish include trout, catfish, carp, bass, clams, crabs and even alligators.

“The great growth in recreational fishing throughout the country has created additional value for aquaculture,” Duncan says. “Even though some farmers got out of catfish farming because of feed prices and low filet prices from the processors, the higher value of fish is already causing farmers to come back into fish farming.”

Tilapia Tanks in Georgia

After more than 10 years, Langdale Farms continues to produce 250,000 pounds of tilapia per year inside their Valdosta facility, Royals says. Langdale Farms serves as a producer grower, compensated for gain in weight. The Farmer’s Catch division of Southern States Cooperative owns and markets the fish.

The fish arrive at 100 grams and leave at 1 ½ pounds, sizable enough for filets. A company ships the fish to wholesalers, who distribute to high-end restaurants and other markets across the United States and Canada.

The tilapia live indoors in a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS), considered the most efficient seafood production system for the future of aquaculture. Fort Valley State University studies RAS technology and its use with marine species. The university also practices aquaponics, the combination of RAS with vegetable production.

Langdale Farms owns a dozen 15,000-gallon tanks regulated for water quality and temperature. At just 10,000 square feet of space, the fish farm produces significant product on a small ecological footprint, Royals says.

A filtration process separates solid waste from the water for use as a biological fertilizer on the farm’s fields. The water then enters a biological filter to remove nitrites and nitrates. It re-enters the fish tanks after a cycle through the oxygenation filter. The recirculation process results in little waste, he says.

Royals proudly boasts the facility’s environmental stewardship, and is excited about aquaculture’s potential in the state.

“The demand for aquaculture is going to get bigger and bigger in Georgia,” he says.

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Comments

  1. Tanmaya Roy says:

    Very nice and informative blog of tilapia fish. Enjoyed surfing your blog. Tilapia fish is awesome. I like it very much.
    Tilapia Fish Farming

  2. Reneros Conciso says:

    Greetings,

    Interested in purchasing minimum of 25K lbs of live tilapia per months. I would like to know how much you sell per pound.

    Hoping for your soonest reply.

    Regards,
    Ross
    RL Tech Canada

    • Rachel Bertone says:

      Hi Ross,

      Thanks so much for your comment! Please contact Langdale Farms directly at (229) 671-1368 to find out more about their products and prices. Thanks!

      Rachel
      Editor

    • Leo Richardson ( Bamba Fishery) says:

      Dear Mr Reneros,

      Please send me direct contact # …

      Yours faithfully,

      Leo Richardson

  3. Kay Lott says:

    Would love to know where your Farmers Catch Talipia is sold in Ga. Particulary in the Valdosta area, Tifton area or Douglas or Waycross area markets. We love talipia but do not like the only option of where it presently comes from….Would love to buy some cases and I have others that are interested. We have Williams Institute , here in Douglas, Ga. I would love to hear from you all.

  4. Richard Brannon says:

    Just browsing, I liked what I read, I thought all Tilapia was raised in China and quit eating it ..Good to know, some day I would like to see your farm I love fish and glad it is raised here. I live in Sparta, GA.

  5. Richard Brannon says:

    Good to know it is raised here In GA, Now I’m not afraid to eat it.

  6. Monty Alston says:

    Do you ever have tours of your operation. My son and I are starting a very small scale fish farm and would really like to see one in operation. Let me know? Thanks Monty

    • Rachel Bertone says:

      Hi Monty,

      Thanks for your comment! To find out more information about Langdale Farms, please contact them directly at (229) 671-1368. Hope this helps!

      Rachel
      Editor

  7. Reshus says:

    Hi,
    I am starting a Fast Food Store, and I am locating resources for Eatable inventories. I want to receive from you the costs I can receive from you: Max to Mini purchases, and the cost per fish.
    Thank you for your help with this.

    Reshus

  8. Gilbert Davenport says:

    I am very interested in getting more information about your aquaculture program, please send me a schedule of the classes coming up that I could attend.

    Thank you for your time & information in this matter.

    • Rachel Bertone says:

      Hi Gilbert,

      Thanks for your comment! To find out more about Langdale Farms and their aquaculture program, please contact them directly at (229) 671-1368. Hope this helps!

      Rachel Bertone
      Editor

  9. Tim Herron Farms says:

    Have been piddlin with about 20 Tilapia, for about 6 months,I would like some more.I have worms, bees, rabbits and chickens, aquponics is next.

  10. W Walker says:

    With all the concerns about purchasing tilapia from foreign countries we will not purchase these frozen fish. Can you provide stores that sell Langdale fish in South Georgia mainly Douglas, Ga?

  11. kay says:

    I fear that your replies are not good. If you tried to supply info to the questions instead of directing us to Langdale, many people will be have free access to this info immediately instead of asking us to do so individually. Not everyone of us has time to contact Langdale but we can benefit from the replies. Besides, you will be helping market your company. Many of us will like to buy your product but we cannt all individually call the co to find out where they sell their products. If I knew where your products are sold (that is if you had answered the last questioner) I wouldhave gone out directly and bought some of our fish. Please learn to provide answers to questions instead of shifting the onus to sbd else. That will help revive this industry.

  12. John Hovanec says:

    Have a center in the park want to try fish farming.

  13. Monica Curry says:

    How can this concepet be applied for a self-relient small backyard farmer for sustainablity.

  14. tom says:

    haw much is fish food and where is the cheapest place to buy it
    i would appriciate your help
    thanks

  15. Mike Greenwell says:

    I am trying to find out where I can purchase catfish or tilapia raised in the Southeast US or Georgia. I have a concern about imported fish and how they are raised. I am located just outside of Augusta, GA.

    • Rachel Bertone says:

      Hi Mike,

      Thanks for your comment. To find out more about where to buy catfish and tilapia raised in Georgia, please contact the Georgia Department of Agriculture at (404) 656-3600. Hope this helps!

      Rachel Bertone
      editor
      Georgia Grown

  16. Jan says:

    We live in north ga area and used to raise chickens and I was wondering
    If you have a company that supplies the feed and how are you paid,
    By weight or on the catch alone. How do you get info about starting a farm.

  17. Johnnie Huddleston says:

    Mr. Harley Langdale gave me a tour of this facility about ten years ago after I was invited to meet with him in Valdosta. I’d really love to see the facility again and meet with the manager. I have decided to raise tilapia.

    I invited Mr. Langdale to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony in Willacoochee,GA he attended and assisted in cutting the ribbon.

    I will never forget the time he shared with me.

  18. Mark G says:

    I would really like to take up Tilapia farming, but only on a “backyard” basis, maybe grow out a couple hundred pounds of fish per year (working up to monthly) I just need to know who would buy my fish up here in the middle Georgia/Warner Robins area…

  19. william hooker says:

    Please email info on setting up equipment for a aquaculture tilapia fame

    • Rachel Bertone says:

      Hi William,

      Thanks for your comment! We suggest contacting Langdale Farms directly at (229) 671-1368 for more information on aquaculture in Georgia. Hope this helps!

      Rachel Bertone
      Editor, Georgia Grown

  20. John Rigdon says:

    I am starting a small-scale operation outside Atlanta and plan to have production available for sale this fall. I am interested in corresponding with others who are currently raising Tilapia or interested in starting up. You may contact me at jrigdon at researchonline.net or 678 739-9177