Category — Aquaculture
Murray Hallum’s simple aquaponics units using fibreglass tanks made at Maclay North, south of Brisbane, Queensland. Murray has been a remarkable pioneer of home-based and small commercial units that are well-meeting a need for sub-tropical equipment.
A regular online newsletter devoted to best urban food production using developing technologies.
By Geoff Wilson
Vol. 1 No. 1.
As an agribusiness journalist and communicator for the last 58 career years it has been my observation that sound, urban-based growing of food and greenery has big advantages for humans. G. Wilson
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Innovative urban algae farming for food – only some eight major species of an estimated world total of 73,000 algal species are currently harvested commercially for human foods. Yet the growing of algae foods and feeds on clean agribusiness wastes and clean carbon dioxide wastes is relatively easy technology that has enormous implications for existing agribusiness companies operating in urban locations. Two important products are algal omega-3 oils and and high quality algal proteins.
Further advancement of urban hydroponics and urban aquaponics – the former being now well advanced in rural areas, but easily adaptable for urban sites close to fresh food markets, while the latter is currently transforming from mostly a scientific hobby into a commercial reality for urban and peri-urban sites.
November 8, 2015 Comments Off on Geoff Wilson’s ‘CitiesAlive’ – First Issue
“We use all that water to grow the fish, then every single drop used to grow the fish is used to grow the crops.”
By Sarina Locke
Nov 1, 2015
Levi Nuppnen said the greenhouse on the south-west fringe of Sydney could produce 15,000 kilograms of barramundi and 130,000 kilograms of leafy greens a year on just 5,000 square metres of land.
“Every drop of water is accountable, every single joule of sunlight as well,” he said.
November 7, 2015 Comments Off on Future farming: hi-tech project growing hydroponic herbs and fish unveiled near Sydney
$915,000 grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA),for Aquaponics Production Centre in Virginia
Virginia State University used a NIFA grant to purchase facilities where they teach aquaponics and urban farming. The operation allows them to both raise fish and grow vegetables in a symbiotic environment. (iStock image)
While bringing food to people who have limited access is important, teaching them to how grow their even more so, said Duron Chavis, VSU indoor urban farm director.
By Carlos J. Harris and Scott Elliott, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
October 26, 2015
Like many other cities in America, Petersburg has found its way onto USDA’s list of food deserts – meaning that residents have limited access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food.
Virginia State University has found a way to fill the void with a hands-on program that teaches students how to successfully sustain urban farming operations and helps put affordable nutritious food on the tables of community residents.
October 28, 2015 Comments Off on $915,000 grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA),for Aquaponics Production Centre in Virginia
FoodChain in Lexington, Kentucky, provides education and hands-on training for indoor sustainable food production and processing
Since September 2013, FoodChain has been producing about 30 pounds of greens and a dozen tilapia each week.
By Tom Eblan
September 20, 2015
The fish and most of the greens are bought by Smithtown Seafood. Blue Moon Farm distributes excess greens to other restaurants.
The aquaponics system works like this: waste grain from the brewery is fed to the fish, whose waste water provides the nutrients for lettuce and other greens to be grown under energy-efficient indoor lighting.
September 26, 2015 Comments Off on FoodChain in Lexington, Kentucky, provides education and hands-on training for indoor sustainable food production and processing
Proposal would produce sustainable rockfish and wolf eels for seafood market
By Larry Pynn
September 4, 2015
As evidence of the money potentially at stake, T & T Supermarket in Vancouver’s Chinatown this week had live rockfish for sale $21.99 a pound, and live “rice field eel” (a species not threatened) for $20.99 — both well above live lobster at $15.99.
The aquarium has been breeding fish for about 45 years but has been more aggressively pursuing commercial aquaculture since the arrival of Shannon Balfry as director of aquatic animal breeding program about three years ago. “We have the ability to do it so why wouldn’t we do it?” says the PhD graduate from the University of B.C. “Nobody else is going to take that ball and run with it. We can do the ground work.”
September 5, 2015 Comments Off on Vancouver’s famous Aquarium wants to mix conservation with commercial aquaculture
By Nikki Lee
Aug 5, 2015
As part of an exciting ‘Aquaponics in Schools’ initiative, school children in Liverpool are being educated about the issues behind sustainable global food production and food security, through a series of engagement projects sponsored by Farm Urban, The University of Liverpool and Coventry-based hydroponics specialists HydroGarden.
The University and Farm Urban, selected two of HydroGarden’s innovations for the future of farming to display. The first, a new vertical farming system, VydroFarm, was part of its exhibition stand at three of Liverpool’s biggest cultural and educational events in July, namely the ‘Eat the Atlantic’ Food Festival (4th – 5th July) on Liverpool’s waterfront, Big Bang North West science fair (8th July) for 11-18 year olds and Alder Hey Week (6th – 12th July). This last event was aimed at involving staff, patients and the local community in the exciting build up to the children’s hospital’s move to its brand new facility – ‘Alder Hey in the Park’.
August 15, 2015 Comments Off on University of Liverpool educates young people in futuristic farming with VydroFarm and FishPlant
African town and city fish farmers have converted their swimming pools and backyards into small-scale fish farming ponds
The figure for fish farmers is even higher in Malawi, where some 30,000 people are active in fish farming-related activities
By Jeffrey Moyo
Aug 5, 2015
Hillary Thompson, aged 62, throws some grains of left-over rice from his last meal, mixed with some beer dregs from his sorghum brew, into a swimming pool that he has converted into a fish pond.
“For over a decade, fish farming has become a hobby that has earned me a fortune,” Thompson, who lives in Milton Park, a low density area in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, told IPS. In fact, he has been able to acquire a number of properties which he now rents out.
Thompson is just one of many here who have struck gold through fish farming.
August 15, 2015 Comments Off on African town and city fish farmers have converted their swimming pools and backyards into small-scale fish farming ponds
City Farming /Urban agriculture is great, but with the tremendous influx of world population to urban areas would it be enough to ensure the amount of food in cities? Why not take advantage of the water space close to cities to transform them into a productive tissue?
Forward Thinking Architecture
Author: Javier F. Ponce, Principal
© Copyright 2015
The SFF is a Smart Offshore Floating Farming system situated off the coast on an open sea. The SFF is configured as a modular-expandable Multi-Layer Floating Farming system which combines Solar energy, Hydroponics-green growing and Aquaculture (Fish) . City Farming /Urban agriculture is great, but with the tremendous influx of world population to urban areas would it be enough to ensure the amount of food in cities? Why not take advantage of the water space close to cities to transform them into a productive tissue? ( water which makes up about 71% of the Earth’s surface, while the other 29% consists of continents and islands) Does an offshore Smart floating farm makes sense? We truly believe so, since many of the densest areas/cities are located close to big bodies of water and because nowadays many nations are heavily dependent on imports and international markets for their food (causing vulnerability).
June 10, 2015 Comments Off on Smart Floating Farms (SFF) for city food production
Florida: Downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront wastewater treatment plant might become an urban fish farm.
City Development Administrator Alan DeLisle confirmed a private aquaculture company has approached the city with a proposal to use the plant’s large tanks and other infrastructure to grow commercially viable seafood.
By Steve Nichols
Dr. Bill Hogarth, director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography, told FOX 13 News he has participated in conference calls with the unidentified aquaculture company. Hogarth said from what he has learned, he thinks the company “…has a great background, they’ve got a lot of expertise and experience in this type of aquaculture, they’ve got contracts for everything that they grow.”
Hogarth envisions partnerships with USF’s College of Marine Science, a planned marine science education center, and research into more efficient fish farming.
June 6, 2015 Comments Off on Florida: Downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront wastewater treatment plant might become an urban fish farm.
After receiving planning permission, a London warehouse will soon become home to the UK’s first commercial aquaponic farm, creating sustainable a pioneering new model for sustainable, ethical food production in cities.
The Fish Site
17 April 2015
The revolutionary farm will use aquaculture and hydroponic technology to produce more than 20,000kg of sustainable salads and herbs (enough for 200,000 salad bags) and 4,000kg of fish each year, with first harvests predicted for September.
GrowUp Urban Farms has been given the green light to start building the farming system after receiving planning permission from the London Borough of Newham this week.
April 25, 2015 Comments Off on London Home to UK’s First Commercial Urban Aquaponics Farm
Berlin, Germany – First commercial aquaponics farm offering fish and vegetables has opened its doors.
Just a few days ago, he put 2,000 tilapia in the tanks.
The first commercial aquaponics farm offering fish and vegetables has opened its doors in Berlin. The small farm could be part of a bigger picture, as the world looks for sustainable ways to feed the world.
Tucked away behind a furniture store, a hardware store and a post office, you’ll find what could be the future of urban farming: What once was a brewery in Berlin has been turned into a creative hub for artists, startups – and a city farm.
March 30, 2015 Comments Off on Berlin, Germany – First commercial aquaponics farm offering fish and vegetables has opened its doors.
Gandhi Mahal restaurant owner hopes basement aquaponic farm is just the beginning.
By Eric Roper
In a humid room beneath Gandhi Mahal restaurant, local officials watched Thursday as owner Ruhel Islam plunged his arm into a tank and threw a wriggling tilapia into a bucket of ice water. The waste from those 100 fish helps fertilize the surrounding beds of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, celery and spinach.
“Should I go for one more?” Islam asked the crowd, jammed into the 650-square-foot room.
Aquaponics is a growing business in the Twin Cities and across the country, but local operations are typically large-scale production facilities that sell to grocery stores and restaurants. One of the most prominent examples in the urban core is at the former Hamm’s brewery in St. Paul, which is now filled with thousands of fish and plants.
March 18, 2015 Comments Off on Minneapolis Restaurant’s Basement Tilapia Farm!
Heart Haus is meant to demonstrate sustainable living. Vegetable beds occupy most of its front and backyards.
By Susan Bence
Milwaukee Public Radio
March 6, 2015
“This small aquaponics system uses a 20-gallon aquarium tank. We’ve got three goldfish in there. And we have a little plastic box that sits above the tank and the water is pumped to the plastic box where the plants are living. This was the first thing I put in here at the Heart Haus last spring when we started the whole process, because it’s a way to engage people,” Blom says.
He created a many times larger fish and plant system in the basement stocked with tilapia, and next summer will start teaching workshops to train others to set up their own.
March 14, 2015 Comments Off on An Experiment in Sustainable Urban Community Takes Root in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Integrated fish and plant farming
By Christopher Somerville, Moti Cohen, Edoardo Pantanella, Austin Stankus, Alessandro Lovatelli
Fisheries And Aquaculture Technical Paper 589
Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations
Rome, 2014, 261 pages
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This technical paper begins by introducing the concept of aquaponics, including a brief history of its development and its place within the larger category of soil-less culture and modern agriculture. It discusses the main theoretical concepts of aquaponics, including the nitrogen cycle and the nitrification process, the role of bacteria, and the concept of balancing an aquaponic unit. It then moves on to cover important considerations of water quality parameters, water testing, and water 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.
February 10, 2015 Comments Off on FAO publication: Small-scale aquaponic food production
Ancient techniques of growing greens with fish and water are well ahead of Toronto bylaws
By Christopher Hume
Jan 25 2015
No surprise then that when Alvarez and Petten approached the city about setting up their operation, they were denied permission. Though Toronto officials were willing to allow them into small areas of South Etobicoke, there aren’t any usable spaces in those locations. Toronto aquaponics is considered agriculture and, therefore, illegal.
February 4, 2015 Comments Off on Aquaponics turn suburban industrial park into farmland in Toronto