Georgia Tilapia Farm in Valdosta

When Langdale Farms sought supplemental income, the idea for indoor fish farming floated to the surface.

While Georgia primarily imports tilapia, after a decade raising the fish in addition to producing row crops, nuts, tomatoes and cattle, the folks at Langdale Farms can affirm tilapia are just as good raised in Georgia.

“Aquaculture in and of itself hasn’t had a lot of exposure yet,” says Mike Royals, fish farm manager for Langdale Farms. “There are very few people who really understand what we do and how we do it.”

U.S. aquaculture doubled production each decade during the past five decades, says Pat Duncan, director of the Georgia Center for Aquaculture Development at Fort Valley State University. Georgia possesses “huge potential” with its mild climate, abundant aquatic resources, major seaport and major international airport, she says. The developing emphasis on local food production and consumption also favors aquaculture development, even on a small scale.

In 2009, 399 operators produced fish valued at nearly $52 million, according to a University of Georgia report.

The state’s aquaculture industry supplies fish for recreational, ornamental and food use. Fish include trout, catfish, carp, bass, clams, crabs and even alligators.

“The great growth in recreational fishing throughout the country has created additional value for aquaculture,” Duncan says. “Even though some farmers got out of catfish farming because of feed prices and low filet prices from the processors, the higher value of fish is already causing farmers to come back into fish farming.”

Tilapia Tanks in Georgia

After more than 10 years, Langdale Farms continues to produce 250,000 pounds of tilapia per year inside their Valdosta facility, Royals says. Langdale Farms serves as a producer grower, compensated for gain in weight. The Farmer’s Catch division of Southern States Cooperative owns and markets the fish.

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The fish arrive at 100 grams and leave at 1 ½ pounds, sizable enough for filets. A company ships the fish to wholesalers, who distribute to high-end restaurants and other markets across the United States and Canada.

The tilapia live indoors in a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS), considered the most efficient seafood production system for the future of aquaculture. Fort Valley State University studies RAS technology and its use with marine species. The university also practices aquaponics, the combination of RAS with vegetable production.

Langdale Farms owns a dozen 15,000-gallon tanks regulated for water quality and temperature. At just 10,000 square feet of space, the fish farm produces significant product on a small ecological footprint, Royals says.

A filtration process separates solid waste from the water for use as a biological fertilizer on the farm’s fields. The water then enters a biological filter to remove nitrites and nitrates. It re-enters the fish tanks after a cycle through the oxygenation filter. The recirculation process results in little waste, he says.

Royals proudly boasts the facility’s environmental stewardship, and is excited about aquaculture’s potential in the state.

“The demand for aquaculture is going to get bigger and bigger in Georgia,” he says.


  1. Greetings,

    Interested in purchasing minimum of 25K lbs of live tilapia per months. I would like to know how much you sell per pound.

    Hoping for your soonest reply.

    RL Tech Canada

  2. Hi Ross,

    Thanks so much for your comment! Please contact Langdale Farms directly at (229) 671-1368 to find out more about their products and prices. Thanks!


  3. Would love to know where your Farmers Catch Talipia is sold in Ga. Particulary in the Valdosta area, Tifton area or Douglas or Waycross area markets. We love talipia but do not like the only option of where it presently comes from….Would love to buy some cases and I have others that are interested. We have Williams Institute , here in Douglas, Ga. I would love to hear from you all.

  4. Just browsing, I liked what I read, I thought all Tilapia was raised in China and quit eating it ..Good to know, some day I would like to see your farm I love fish and glad it is raised here. I live in Sparta, GA.

  5. Dear Mr Reneros,

    Please send me direct contact # …

    Yours faithfully,

    Leo Richardson

  6. Do you ever have tours of your operation. My son and I are starting a very small scale fish farm and would really like to see one in operation. Let me know? Thanks Monty

  7. Hi Monty,

    Thanks for your comment! To find out more information about Langdale Farms, please contact them directly at (229) 671-1368. Hope this helps!


  8. Hi,
    I am starting a Fast Food Store, and I am locating resources for Eatable inventories. I want to receive from you the costs I can receive from you: Max to Mini purchases, and the cost per fish.
    Thank you for your help with this.


  9. I am very interested in getting more information about your aquaculture program, please send me a schedule of the classes coming up that I could attend.

    Thank you for your time & information in this matter.

  10. Hi Gilbert,

    Thanks for your comment! To find out more about Langdale Farms and their aquaculture program, please contact them directly at (229) 671-1368. Hope this helps!

    Rachel Bertone

  11. With all the concerns about purchasing tilapia from foreign countries we will not purchase these frozen fish. Can you provide stores that sell Langdale fish in South Georgia mainly Douglas, Ga?

  12. I fear that your replies are not good. If you tried to supply info to the questions instead of directing us to Langdale, many people will be have free access to this info immediately instead of asking us to do so individually. Not everyone of us has time to contact Langdale but we can benefit from the replies. Besides, you will be helping market your company. Many of us will like to buy your product but we cannt all individually call the co to find out where they sell their products. If I knew where your products are sold (that is if you had answered the last questioner) I wouldhave gone out directly and bought some of our fish. Please learn to provide answers to questions instead of shifting the onus to sbd else. That will help revive this industry.

  13. I am trying to find out where I can purchase catfish or tilapia raised in the Southeast US or Georgia. I have a concern about imported fish and how they are raised. I am located just outside of Augusta, GA.

  14. Hi Mike,

    Thanks for your comment. To find out more about where to buy catfish and tilapia raised in Georgia, please contact the Georgia Department of Agriculture at (404) 656-3600. Hope this helps!

    Rachel Bertone
    Georgia Grown

  15. We live in north ga area and used to raise chickens and I was wondering
    If you have a company that supplies the feed and how are you paid,
    By weight or on the catch alone. How do you get info about starting a farm.

  16. Mr. Harley Langdale gave me a tour of this facility about ten years ago after I was invited to meet with him in Valdosta. I’d really love to see the facility again and meet with the manager. I have decided to raise tilapia.

    I invited Mr. Langdale to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony in Willacoochee,GA he attended and assisted in cutting the ribbon.

    I will never forget the time he shared with me.

  17. I would really like to take up Tilapia farming, but only on a “backyard” basis, maybe grow out a couple hundred pounds of fish per year (working up to monthly) I just need to know who would buy my fish up here in the middle Georgia/Warner Robins area…

  18. Hi William,

    Thanks for your comment! We suggest contacting Langdale Farms directly at (229) 671-1368 for more information on aquaculture in Georgia. Hope this helps!

    Rachel Bertone
    Editor, Georgia Grown

  19. I am starting a small-scale operation outside Atlanta and plan to have production available for sale this fall. I am interested in corresponding with others who are currently raising Tilapia or interested in starting up. You may contact me at jrigdon at or 678 739-9177

  20. Hi John,

    Thanks for your comment! We suggest contacting Langdale Farms directly at (229) 671-1368. Hope this helps!

    Jessy Yancey
    editor, Georgia Grown

  21. hello sir..I have 6 chicken farm size 40ft x 500ft and have heat and cooling control and i want to build up taliapia or shrimp farming do you think i should or you know any company to corporate.please help me thank you

  22. Thinking of tilapia farming
    we have heated 24000 sq that we are looking for something to do with

    located in Knoxville, GA

    what you think

  23. do you have a operation near augusta ga . i would like to try auquaponics . can i purchase live fish from you , male and female , this is for my personal consumption , what eats the best , and easy to raise

  24. I need some information and guidance to find land and financing for starting fishfarm in Georgia.

    I am experienced in grow out pond and Hatchery management Also QA, QC and procurement and marketing of Seafood in international market.

    I wish to star my own farm and need tech, financial assistance


    Ned Urfi

  25. Building an underground greenhouse for aquaponics, etc, using an old pond that was dug on my property and never held water properly. I am not really a fisherman so it has just sat there for 12 years. I decided to break the dam and open up for a greenhouse. Interested in information and lessons learned.

  26. I am considering starting a fish farm and I was wondering if it would be possible for me to come visit your facility to see what a successful aquaculture business looks like.

  27. Hi! I’m interested in finding out more information on fish farming. My husband and I are currently chicken farmers and cattle farmers in Northeast GA area. We are wanting to learn more info on doing fish farming to maybe incorporate with our exsiting farm now. Please let me know back on more information. Thanks!

  28. I am looking for a talipia manager.I have a 11,00 square foot building that has been designed for raising fish.I have 13 tanks an currently have over a hundred thousand lbs
    in house.

    I would like to discuss your process in rasing Talipia.

    Gary Chumley

  29. Hi Gary,

    Thanks for your comment! We suggest contacting Langdale Farms directly at (229) 671-1368 for more information on their process. Hope this helps!

    Rachel Bertone
    Editor, Georgia Grown

  30. I did called langdale farm directly but no one answered a phone for 2 weeks already anyone got an other numbers for me please….

  31. Hi, we did a story about tilapia farming in Georgia but are not directly connected to this farm. Sorry we’re unable to help!

    Jessy Yancey

  32. Hi Noy,

    We published a story about tilapia farming in Georgia, but this farm is not connected with our website. Sorry we’re unable to help!

    Jessy Yancey