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Farmers raise warm-water tilapia in cool SE Idaho

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Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:36 am

    Raising warm water fish in the cool, clear waters of Southeast Idaho may seem far-fetched until someone discovers the tilapia farming operation of Dutchboy Farms in Niter. John Lambregts, an aqua-culturist and owner of Dutchboy Farms, raises tilapia that are originally from the warm waters in Thailand. These fish are commonly believed to be the same species as the few fish in the bible that Jesus used to feed 5,000 people with five loaves bread.

     Raising tilapia in the crystal clear waters in Idaho is an anomaly. The fish is considered an invasive species; they cannot survive in water below 70 degrees.

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