Utah Couple on Track to Open State’s First Tilapia Farm

SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah couple is on track to open the state’s first tilapia farm after they got an exemption from a law that prohibits commercial farming of the species because it can pose a threat to native fish.

Cliff and Teri Sackett are looking to build an aquaponics facility capable of producing 17,500 pounds (7,938 kilograms) of tilapia each month in central Utah’s Sanpete County, The Salt Lake Tribune reported .

The Utah Wildlife Board approved a variance request Thursday for the Moroni farmers following a Certification Review Committee’s recommendation to approve the request.

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