Excellent free ebook (technical paper) I found when searching around yesterday, looks like a wealth of info to tap into for those wishing to test out the benifits of Aquaponics. For those who don’t know is a symbiotic integration of two disciplines: aquaculture and hydroponics. A symbiotic relationship between plant and fish, the waste from the fish feeds the plants and the plants in turn clean the water for the fish.
The growing technique is excellent for those hoping to avoid lots of expensive chemicals, it’s also a labour-saving technique too. In times of dwindling supplies of water and arable land worldwide this production system can really help us reduce water consumption on food production and enhance our food security.
The book discusses three groups of living organisms (bacteria, plants and fish) that make up the aquaponic ecosystem. It presents management strategies and troubleshooting practices, as well as related topics, specifically highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of this method of food production. The publication discusses the main theoretical concepts of aquaponics, including the nitrogen cycle, the role of bacteria, and the concept of balancing an aquaponic unit. It considers water quality, testing and sourcing for aquaponics, as well as methods and theories of unit design, including the three main methods of aquaponic systems: media beds, nutrient film technique, and deep water culture.
Jonny and Tammy interviews (starts @ 36min) Bill Petney about his Aquaponics system and touchs on his experiance with raising Quail too, its a good little interview. Bill discusses running his “barrelponics” setup over the last two years and how he plans to go over to using IBC tanks. For those unaware, Aquaponics is using the waste from fish to feed plants and the plants in turn “clean” the water for the fish. You can go a step or two further and be growing edible fish as well as your greens, you can also then feed the fish on soldier fly larvae (from your kitchen scraps) as well. An interesting introduction to Aquaponics.
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The first portion of funding from the governments £70 million Agri-Tech Catalyst, part of the UK Industrial Strategy for Agricultural Technologies, will support several projects likely to impact on the fresh produce sector. They (11 groups) will receive a total of £4m; £2.8m funding from government with £1.4m co-investment from industry. One of the 11 companies to recieve the funding one is an Aquaponics growing system.
Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said: “This work is critical in supporting the UK’s Agri-tech Strategy and our commitment to establish the UK as a world leader in agriculture technology, innovation and sustainability.”
“GrowUp Urban Farms” will lead a consortium to build the “UK’s first (apparently) aquaponic urban farm”, to quantify the economic and environmental potential of the format. Others have done Aquaponics in the UK like Charlie Prices work back in 2008 with Aquaponics UK but it looks as though they are going to try and do it on a “farm” commercial space, I’ll keep an eye on this for the future.
That said its excellent news that fundings reaching aquaponics companies and it can be better evaluated. I feel the technology has got high potential here in the UK as arable land is very expensive here (£8,813 per acre, prices have trebled in last 10 years), being able to grow without soil is a major advantage their as it’s something you can use to literally grow anywhere from run down trading estates, old car parks and even on grounds that polluted. Continue reading “UK Aquaponics Gets A Boost From Government Agri-Tech Funding”
This is an “Urban Aquaculture” system or at least what he’s calling it, at first glace it looks like what most are now calling Aquaponics. Just found it an interesting little bit of information for those unfamiliar with the concept or processes involved. Bit of animation may help explain it a bit better to some too.
I do wish to say though that when they are using indoor lights for the plants I question if that energy could be gotten from solar panels or better yet have the plants under glass instead.
Professor Martin Schreibman says our oceans have been overfished beyond repair. If we’re going to keep eating fish and chips, tuna tartare, and all those omega-3 fatty acids, we may have to rely on aquaculture. Schreibman is working to bring those fish farms into the city.
I like the idea of fish being produced locally in our cities but this is also a system that could truly be setup in countries that are impoverished and help feed starving people around the world too.
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Aquaponics hints and tips in a Barrelponics style setup, Hints and Tips from Travis Hughey from Faith And Sustainable Technologies, interviewed by Zachary Bauer. Also some information on solar setup to take it off grid.