Saturday, 18 March 2017

Recirculating Aquaculture is the solution to hunger and climate change

Imagine a world where polluting, resource-intensive cow, pig, and chicken farms are replaced with giant tanks of fast-growing salmon. It might be a strange view of agriculture, but a potential huge shift in how we feed the planet. Read more ...

Growing fish is much more efficient than growing cows, pigs, or chickens.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Aquaponics in PEI

Summerside Makerspace is a shared workspace that is using aquaponics in Summerside, PEI. CBC News recently took notice of this effort. (click here for CBC article). The aquaponics system helps members of the space come together to grow food hopefully for local food banks one day.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Aquaponics for Schools in Canada

SEA TO SKY AQUAPONICS was started in 2016 with the goal of bringing sustainable food production systems to schools across Canada. Their vision is to have aquaponics incorporated into the school curriculum.

Click here for more ...

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Integrated Pest Management App for iPhone and Android

Pocket IPM Greenhouse Scout Mobile App

The Greenhouse Scout mobile app has been designed to help growers manage greenhouse insect pests with:
  1. an easily accessible summary of information on biocontrol of common greenhouse insects,
  2. an interactive interface for collecting scouting data and recording product applications, and
  3. record keeping with a graphical presentation of scouting data.

Created by the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program at Cornell University and GORGES Custom Software Development, Ithaca NY.

Find it at your favorite app store:
Greenhouse Scout on the App Store on iTunes

Greenhouse Scout—Android Apps on Google Play

Cornell's website (original source)

For more information contact:
Betsy Lamb,

Elizabeth Lamb, ornamental IPM coordinator at NYS IPM Program, worked with GORGES Inc. to develop the Greenhouse Scout app.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Greenhouse and Pest Management Seminar

Greenhouse Heating and Lighting and Integrated Pest Management from Noa Fisheries.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Aquaponics in Alberta

A couple of Alberta Aquaponics farms were featured recently in the Calgary Herald.

Aqua Terra Farms - Okotoks


Deepwater Farms - Calgary

Paul Shumlich of Deepwater Farms

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

How a Bell Siphon Works

Here is a cool video showing how a bell siphon works.

Bell siphons are used to flood and drain your media beds for oxygenation. They have several advantages over ebb and flow:

  • easier on the pumps
  • no moving parts
  • no timer required
  • greater amount of oxygenation

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

This Vancouver Island Aquaculture System Produces 5.5 Million Fish per year!

Pentair AES spotlights Marine Harvest Canada – Dalrymple Hatchery. Located in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, this Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) facility produces 600,000 Kilos of Atlantic Salmon Smolt annually (approximately 5.5 million fish).

Lance Page, Manager of Dalrymple Hatchery, gives a brief history of Marine Harvest’s involvement in the aquaculture industry. Lance along with Jordan Smith, an Aquaculture Technician at the farm, provides an overview of the equipment and systems in use as well as the positive effects they’ve had on this facility. Marine Harvest is currently building seven new RAS systems, with construction expected to be completed in 2018.

Pentair Industry Spotlight takes you behind the scenes of Aquaculture. With the industry growing, take a peek into the different farm types, species grown, and most importantly, the people who make it all happen.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

DIY Aquaponics Presentation from NCRAC

North Central Regional Aquaculture Center Video and Slides

Download slides here

Good set of resources from SRAC

The Southern Regional Aquaculture Center (SRAC) is one of five regional aquaculture centers established by Congress. Projects that are developed and funded by SRAC are based on industry needs and are designed to directly impact commercial aquaculture development in the Southern Region.

Aquaponic Publications:
SRAC 5006 - The Economics of Aquaponics
SRAC 5007 - Principles of Small-Scale Aquaponics
SRAC 0454 - RAS and Aquaponics

Relevant RAS (Recirculating Aquaculture) Publications:
SRAC 4502 - Starting a Biofilter
SRAC 0442 - Small Scale Fish Processing
SRAC 0441 - Realities and Potentials of RAS when getting started
SRAC 0451 - RAS Critical Considerations
SRAC 0452 - RAS Management
SRAC 0453 - RAS Design Practices

Friday, 23 December 2016

Aquaponic Cannabis Farm Donates Tilapia to Help Those in Need in Toronto

Green Relief is a licensed producer of Cannabis for Medical Purposes located in Puslinch, Ontario. They are unique because they use aquaponics to grow their crop. They blend sustainability with science to produce pure, effective, medical cannabis.

Green Relief also harvests 300-340 fish every four weeks and they donate the fish to Second Harvest, the main provider of fresh food to people in need in Toronto.Second Harvest goes to the Green Relief facility with a refrigerated truck that they load with coolers packed full of tilapia. Green Relief also gives Second Harvest organic kale, swiss chard and lettuce.
From left to right: Green Relief founders Warren Bravo, Steve LeBlanc and Lyn Bravo

Thursday, 8 December 2016

A Few More Upcoming Aquaponics Educational Options

1. Brunswick Community College Online Courses

These online courses run from Jan 23 - Apr 24 2017. These are non-credit courses designed for farmers, entrepreneurs, investors, and others interested in learning about aquaculture but who do not wish to pursue a degree.
  • Aquaculture
  • Advanced Aquaculture Part 1
  • Advanced Aquaculture Part II
  • Aquaponics/Sustainable Agriculture

2. UVI Aquaponics Workshops

Offered Mar 18-10 and May 17-19. These 3-day courses provide in-depth knowledge of the principles and practical application of the aquaponic system that has been developed at the University of the Virgin Islands. Participants will be introduced to the system design that maintains water quality by hydroponic plant culture (aquaponics), Fish production instruction will be conducted using both the Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and red tilapia. Hydroponic plant production will focus on vegetables, culinary herbs and ornamental flowers.

3. University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is offering two semester-long college aquaponics courses starting in February 2017. Principles of Aquaponics is a 2-credit, 12-week, fully online course that includes everything from the history of aquaponics to systems design, operation, and marketing products. Introduction to Aquaponics is a comprehensive 3-credit course with online lectures taking place from February to mid-May with in-person, hands-on labs May 22-24 at the UWSP-Aquaponics Innovation Center in Montello, Wis.

Courses are open to anyone interested in a comprehensive learning environment about aquaponics and seeking college credit; non-credit option is also available. These courses have been offered for six years and have graduated over 300 students. A Professional Aquaponics Certificate program is also available.

For more check out the resources tab ...

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

More Food Inflation Coming for Canadians in 2017

Last year we wrote about how the average household would spend an additional $345 on food in 2016. This turned out to be a conservative estimate, and now Canada's Food Price Report, published by researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax is predicting an increase of $420 for 2017.

Food inflation will be driven by the falling loonie and rising production costs.

Read more here ( ... 

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Canada's First Aquaponic Food Bank Farm

This is an update to our previous post on the Mississauga aquaponic foodbank project. They are now up and running and it's looking good. The current small system can produce 2000 heads of lettuce and 57 kg of fish per year and hope to expand in the future.

Click here for CBC's coverage of the farm.

Executive director Chris Hatch said donations of fresh produce were down at the Mississauga Food Bank, which led them to look at alternatives to farming. (CBC )

They are producing 40 heads of lettuce a week off this small system.

Black Nile and silver tilapia swim in tanks at Mississauga Food Bank's aquaponic farm. (CBC)

Filtration system keeps the water clear and removes solids. The plants remove the excess nitrogen.