MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Urban farmer Will Allen and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have some good news for Wisconsin fish fry lovers.
The two announced Tuesday that they are collaborating on research aimed at boosting aquaculture production of yellow perch.
Yellow, or lake, perch were long a staple of the fish fries offered on Friday nights at restaurants, supper clubs and taverns throughout Wisconsin. But perch have been replaced with cod and other species as their population became depleted.
Commercial fishing for yellow perch no longer exists on Lake Michigan, and perch from Lake Erie and other places costs twice as much as some other fish.
UW-Milwaukee fisheries biologist Fred Binkowski says the goal of research being done at Allen's farm is to ensure a plentiful supply of yellow perch for fish fries.