Perch are attracting increasing interest as a species suitable for aquaculture. Wheeler (1996) reported perch reaching 500mm (20″) and 4.75 kg (10.5 pounds) in Europe, but Lake (1971) recorded a perch weighing 10.4 kg (22.9 pounds) in Australia.
Recent Danish research show that perch has a good farming potential. It is suggested by the Danish Institute for Fisheries Research (DFU) that perch could complement rainbow trout and eel, the traditional farmed species in Denmark. The Danish Institute for Fisheries Research (DFU) is also available in English.
According to yellow perch research published by Fisheries Technology Associates, Inc; yellow perch is capable of yielding 45% edible flesh, more than tilapia or catfish, and the tasty flesh freezes and stores well. Perch survive in a wide variety of water conditions, temperatures and salinities.