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The Bell Aquaculture Fish Rich® 2-2-2 Organic Fertilizer Team Kicks Off 2013 at CENTS Marketplace in Columbus and Green & Growin in Greensboro

Bell Aquaculture, the nation's largest yellow perch (Perca flavescens) farm and pioneer in sustainable fish farming operations, is exhibiting its OMRI-Listed "Fish Rich 2-2-2 Organic Fertilizer" at both the CENTS Marketplace in Columbus, OH, Jan. 14-16, and Green & Growin Trade Show in Greensboro, NC, Jan. 17-18. Chemical-free, Bell Aquaculture's organic fertilizer is made from sustainably raised Bell Perch™ Yellow Perch and used for vibrant growth of plants, flowers and vegetables.

Redkey, IN, January 14, 2013 --( Bell Aquaculture, the nation's largest yellow perch (Perca flavescens) farm and pioneer in sustainable fish farming operations, is exhibiting its new OMRI-Listed "Fish Rich Organic 2-2-2 Fertilizer" at both the CENTS Marketplace in Columbus, OH, Jan 14-16, and Green & Growin Trade Show in Greensboro, NC, Jan. 17-18. The announcement is made by Norman McCowan, president of Bell Aquaculture, who says, "Fish have been used as soil fertilizer since the Native Americans first began farming our nearby land centuries ago. Our organic plant fertilizer, currently marketed as Fish Rich, is made from the remains of the Bell Perch™ Yellow Perch processed at our aquaculture facility in Indiana."

CENTS Marketplace, sponsored by the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association, kicks off the is the industry's exhibit season and is the third largest event of its kind in the Midwest. For more information visit:

The Green & Growin Trade Show, sponsored by the North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association, is held at the Greensboro Coliseum, featuring nursery plants, landscaping supplies, equipment, services, and allied supplies for the green industry. For more information, visit:

Fish Rich 2-2-2 (Organic) - Fish Rich is OMRI Listed and is allowed for use in organic crop production under the USDA National Organic Program rules. Completely garden and human safe, Fish Rich is available for purchase online at the company website:

Made from toxin- and mercury-free fish, Fish Rich has a very mild fish odor and is good for any soil. Fish Rich contains these three major nutrients:

* Nitrogen – to promote green leaves, and quicker growth response.
* Phosphorous – for root growth, disease resistance, promoting seed and fruit growth, and for blooming and flowering.
* Potassium – to increase root growth, and offer disease and drought resistance. Fish Rich is also a good source of calcium — which plants need for cell wall development and growth. Pathogens attack weak cell walls to invade a plant, and a stronger cell wall structure will play a big part in avoiding this potential problem.

Heartland Growers, Inc., Tests Fish Rich on Poinsettias

The use of Fish Rich 2-2-2 Organic as a primary fertilizer on poinsettias was trialed at Heartland Growers, Inc. (Westfield, IN), from early September through the end of November 2012. The project was led by Heartland's Young Plant Specialist Ben Matthews, who says the common fertilizer formula and a volume to weight conversion factor were used to obtain 250 ppm of nitrogen for the trial (specific formulation for the study is available on request).

Matthews recounts: "Initially the fertilizer was applied continuously. During the second week of October and proceeding, the fertilizer was applied at every-other irrigation, or about twice per week. Finally, during the month of November, the Fish Rich was applied once per week. Basically, frequency of fertilizer application was reduced as the poinsettias matured and thus did not require as much fertilizer. It should be disclaimed that while no other fertilizer than Fish Rich was purposely applied; there is a chance that the poinsettias received a minute amount of the regular poinsettia feed at Heartland Growers. It should also be noted that there was an initial charge in the substrate before Fish Rich was applied- although this too, was minute. The results were still quite distinguishable.

"Overall, the results were impressive - especially in terms of the rich color of the modified bracts. The cultivars tested were: ‘Prima’, ‘Whitestar’, ‘Mars Pink’, and ‘Euroglory Red’. In each case of the two red cultivars along with the white and pink, the color was deeper than their counterparts not treated with Fish Rich. Another notable result was the 2-2-2 regiment had a growth regulating effect on the poinsettias. None of the poinsettias being trialed with Fish Rich exhibited any symptoms of nutrient deficiency or toxicity."

Heartland Growers is a full-service Wholesale Greenhouse, owned and operated by the Gapinski Family since 1984. Since inception, Heartland Growers has been supplying wholesale plants and services to local independent garden centers, florists and landscapers as well as national chain stores throughout the Midwest. For more information, visit:

About Bell Aquaculture

Bell Aquaculture, headquartered in Redkey, IN, is a producer and processor of farm-raised fish for restaurants and consumer use. Initial production facilities, dedicated to yellow perch, are located in Albany, IN, and comprise the nation’s largest yellow perch farm. More information about Bell Aquaculture is available at

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Maggie Holben, Bell Aquaculture Media Relations, 303-984-9801,
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