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Optional Pre-Conference Short-Course


Feb. 25, 2015 - Aquaponics Short-Course

NOTE: Participants will need to register separately for the short-course. There are different registration forms for both the main conference and the short-course.

Click here to register online for Aquaponics.

Click here to download a workshop flyer (pdf file 182kb)

Registration will start at 8:00am with class beginning at 8:30 and concluding by 5:00pm.

Presented by: Huy Tran and Jennifer Holdsworth, Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems
Sponsored by: The North Carolina Aquaculture Development Conference & Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems

About the course: Aquaponic systems are becoming increasingly popular, and more people are finding innovative ways to produce more than one crop in their recirculating systems. Aquaponic systems are recirculating aquaculture systems that incorporate the production of plants without soil. In typical recirculating aquaculture systems, the goal is to produce large quantities of aquatic biomass in small amounts of space and small volumes of water. In such a system, waste products can accumulate if not physically removed or otherwise filtered via mechanical or biological means. The organic buildup and metabolic byproducts can be reused in aquaponic system by a secondary crop; plants. Plants can grow rapidly with dissolved nutrients that are excreted directly by the aquatic species or generated from the microbial breakdown of the animal waste by the various species of bacteria in the system. In closed recirculating systems with very little daily water exchange, dissolved nutrients accumulate in concentrations similar to those in hydroponic nutrient solutions. These dissolved waste nutrients are taken up by the plants, reducing wastewater discharge to the surrounding watershed and allowing for more efficient use of the fish feed.

Topics that will be covered during this workshop:

System design and management

  • Aeration
  • Plumbing
  • Components
  • Construction Techniques
  • Operation

Fish production

  • Stocking
  • Feeding, growth and survival
  • Harvesting and processing
  • Water quality

Plant Production

  • Seedling production
  • Importance of pest identification
  • Disease and insect control
  • Nutrient dynamics

Economics and Marketing

  • Aquaponics economics
  • Effect of scale vs Available market
  • Marketing Fish
  • Marketing Plants

Registration Fees

  • Aquaponics Short-Course only: $150 per person
  • Aquaponics Short-Course fee if you also register for the NC Aquaculture Development Conference: $125
  • Student rate: $80

Registration for the Aquaponics Short-Course includes a morning coffee break, a lunch, and afternoon coffee and soft-drinks. A short-course workbook is also included in registration.