You know what you call a fish with no eyes?
You could also call it a meal I suppose! That’s what we did just other day.
As most people know, aquaponics is a unique process because it produces vegetables and meat in the same process. The fish waste feeds the plants and the plants purify the water for the fish.
After about a year of growing, the tilapia that we use in our system get up to around 1-1.5 lbs. Once they’re that size, it’s time to harvest!
It was kind of a bittersweet time for me. As silly as it might seem, I developed a connection to the fish. It was a bit sad to watch them go. It had to be done, though, because if the fish get too old they will go to waste.
After searching online I found out that the most humane way to harvest the fish is to put them into ice water right after catching them. Tilapia can’t survive in water that is colder than 60 degrees, so they immediately go into shock if you out them into 35 degree water. After a minute in the water, you can gut them and prep them for cooking.
We ended up taking off the heads, breading them and frying them up with some fries and coleslaw. It was a great meal, and the tilapia tasted great!
Tilapia is an awesome cooking fish because it is so mild. It will take on the flavor of almost anything that you cook it with.
Check out the pictures below!
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