Goldfish Hatchery

Americans became fascinated with goldfish in 1878, when Rear Admiral Daniel Ammen of the Navy returned from Japan with goldfish. He presented these fish to the U.S. Fish Commission, which they then displayed throughout the east coast.

Postcard of Grassyfork Fisheries

The first goldfish hatchery to be successfully operated in the United States was established in the summer of 1899. Eguene Curtis Shireman opened the hatchery with 200 goldfish in Martinsville, IN. Eventually, the hatchery bred millions of goldfish annually.

It became incorporated in 1924 under the name “Grassyfork Fisheries” and was dubbed “The World’s Largest Goldfish Hatcheries.”  Grassyfork Fisheries still exists but ownership has switched to Ozarks Fisheries in 1970.

Kane, Joseph Nathan, Steven Anzovin and Janet Podell. Famous First Facts. 5th ed. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1997, 5.

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  • Jane Everhart

    Do you give tours or allow people to visit the goldfish hatchery. We are having our grandchildren with us the week of July 28th and thought they would enjoy seeing this.