The Wisconsin aquaculture industry has experienced many startups and almost as many failures. Proper selection of species, location and culture practices can greatly improve the success rate of new aquaculture ventures. GIS-based decision support models can facilitate the prioritizing of state research, development, and extension strategies and targeting of development assistance for aquaculture because they can provide information to stakeholders as to where and under what conditions certain aquaculture technologies would be feasible. Two suitability models have been uploaded to an online database and are included as links — one on pond suitability and one on raceway suitability.

Keywords: Water, aquaculture, ponds, suitability, GIS, Wisconsin