Aquaponics (also known as the integration of hydroponics with aquaculture) is gaining increased global attention as the fastest growing bio-integrated efficient intensive food production system. Aquaponics serves as a model of sustainable food production by following principles:
- The waste products of one biological system serve as nutrients for a second biological system.
- The integration of fish and plants results in a polyculture that increases diversity and yields multiple products.
- Water is re-used through biological filtration and recirculation, a closed system.
- Local food production provides access to healthy foods and enhances the local economy.
Greenhouse growers and farmers are taking note of aquaponics for several reasons:
- Hydroponic growers view fish-manured irrigation water as a source of organic fertilizer that enables plants to grow well.
- Fish farmers view hydroponics as a biofiltration method to facilitate intensive recirculation aquaculture.
- Greenhouse growers view aquaponics as a way to introduce organic hydroponic produce into the marketplace, since the only fertility input is fish feed and all of the nutrients pass through a biological process.
- Food-producing greenhouses yielding two products from one production unit are naturally appealing for niche marketing and green labeling.
- Aquaponics can enable the production of fresh vegetables and fish protein in arid regions and on water-limited farms, since it is water re-use system.
- Aquaponics is a working model of sustainable food production wherein plant and animal agriculture are integrated and recycling of nutrients and water filtration are linked.
- In addition to commercial application, aquaponics has become a popular training aid on integrated bio-systems with vocational agriculture programs and high school biology classes.
Aqua Pono Food Production! Take your aquaponics knowledge to the next level during this four-week interactive course learning best aquaponics practices, meeting industry experts, and discussions about greenhouse experiences and microsystem lab.
A two-hour introductory presentation and tour into the world of aquaponics food production. The presentation includes walking visit of Hawaii Maui College controlled environment greenhouse, overview session of the applied sciences and history of aquaponics, followed by a question and answer session related to the upcoming non-credit courses offered through Edventure Outreach and Continuing Education.
Learn the principles of small business, residential and commercial PV installation and design. This training prepares participants to take the Entry Level North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) exam.
Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of systems thinking to recognize the interconnectedness of people, environment and processes for effective organizational leadership. Designed for managers, engineers, and aspiring leaders, teams are also encouraged to participate in this course to learn how to apply sustainability principals in their organization to effect change.
Class ends at 1 pm on February 23. 1.8 CEUs