Aquaponics

Young Aquaculture Students

Along with the use of hydroponics, aquaponics has been used around the world as an efficient and environmentally friendly means of producing food.  It is a cyclical system using fish, plants, and water.  When fish produce waste, nitrates and ammonia are created.  These nutrients are great fertilizer for plants.  As a result, better crops are grown, and eventually this becomes an additional food source for the fish.

Fish are added in plant beds that have that have minimal gravel with roots protruding into water.  This water is processed throughout the plant growth system, using the waste from the fish.  No chemical fertilizers are needed, and because the water is recycled, only a little bit of water is added back into the system to make up for evaporation.

This system is an important option in places around the world where water is scarce.  Florida Aquaculture Foundation promotes the study of sustainable food production where plant and animal are processed and recycled for use in personal and commercial applications.  Aquaponics is also an excellent part of scientific study in agriculture and biology classes.