Water into wine… Spirits into fish-food?
At Lake Erie in Westfield, New York, a collaboration between TimberFish Technologies – a company producing feed from non-agricultural plant materials that grow on marginal lands – and Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing is seeing fish fed on waste from making liquor and beer.
‘Stillage’, that’s sugarless grain from the alcohol-making process, is placed in vats of microbes that break it down to feed worms and larvae, that are then fed to the fish. The water is also cleaned by the microbes, and used either for the fish farm or released as a non-polluting output.
The fish farm currently includes bass, perch and catfish, with plans afoot to raise premium-price fish such as salmon and arctic char.