From Hagerman to Twin Falls, fish farms feature the low walls of gurgling, concrete raceways. This is aquaculture in Idaho’s “Trout Capital of the World.”
But it’s not the aquaculture of a decade ago.
You won’t find as many fish farms now, and employment and trout production have dropped. And as the industry faces challenges in disease, regulation and water supply, some farmers are prepared to make even more changes.
“Almost anything you do, if you’re doing what you were 10 years ago, you’re going broke,” Fish Breeders of Idaho’s Leo Ray said. “Things change that fast.”