Aquaponics interest group workshop held at CDC South

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
17 January 2007, at 12:00am

CANADA - An aquaponics interest group meeting and workshop was held on January 9 at the Crop Diversification Centre South.

Its purpose was to update interested stakeholders in current aquaponics research and development in Alberta.

Topics included plant pathology, fish culture in aquaponics, economic prospects, organic certification process in Canada and an aquaponics update regarding the research currently being done at CDC South. After presentations from provincial experts, round table discussions were held with individuals and companies interested in aquaponics.

Aquaponics is the integration of aquaculture and hydroponics, which is crop production with mineral nutrient solutions instead of soil.

Dr. Nick Savidov provided an update on the aquaponics work being done at CDC South, including a cost breakdown of the CDC’s system. Savidov touched on system capacity, greenhouse specifications, wages and administration and site preparation. Savidov also outlined their basil production for 2006 at CDC and seven fish harvests.

"Our research in Brooks showed that aquaponics has higher productivity per square meter compared to hydroponics and has minimum water wastage," he said.