Monday, 21 October 2013

Aquaponics on Trash Mountain in the DR

The Trash Mountain Project believes that once the aquaponics system is up and running, it will be able to produce 1,000 pounds of tilapia every six to eight months. If each fish grows to be 1 pound, 1,000 fish will be available for consumption every six to eight months.

However, if the fish are harvested at a half-pound each, then 2,000 fish will be available for meals every six to eight months.

Additionally, four pounds of vegetables can be produced for each pound of fish. That means 4,000 pounds of vegetables are possible in the aquaponics system every six to eight months.

Eventually the Trash Mountain Project wants to turn over the aquaponics system to Dominican Republic residents, then walk away from day-to-day operation. In time, the aquaponics system may be able to go beyond providing food for Dominican Republican residents and could become a livelihood for those now living in poverty.

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