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Flow Components of an Eco-Agri Collaborative
AquaPonics and Fisheries are advancing under-served, friendly frontier markets into viable and sustainable plenty-zones utilizing holistic Eco-Agri Collaborative design. Commercializing further research-development (RD) conducted within each Eco Impact Zone will yield greater improvements such as preservation of natural resources and environment, enhancement of sustainability in the higher-quality commercialization of fresh produce and fresh fisheries - with fewer loss of goods and with higher yields per harvest?
|Sample Illustration - Not to Scale - Scales are Tailored|
Grouped Agricultural (AquaPonic) Growing Unit(s) (AGUs)
Although the fish are living in a tank, waste products are swept away and replaced with clean water. The plants are grown in media beds enriched with calculated levels fish-based, high levels of oxygen and nutrients – enhancing capacity and harvests – minimizing land use, degradation, and environmental impact – closed-system, clean-room cultivation versus issues standard farming techniques experience associated with soils, such as: weeds, soil diseases, pests, heavy metals, and other toxicant issues and an often-experienced lack of oxygen or moisture. Plants remove only the nutrient-enriched-water they need for growth.
Components to Fishery Nursery Unit (FNU)
Other Advantages to AquaPonics & Fisheries as part of an Eco Impact Zone Eco-Agri Collaborative:
1) In recirculating fish culture systems, large amounts of water are discharged to prevent nutrient build-up. In AquaPonic systems, these nutrients do not accumulate as they are utilized to produce a valuable second product – the plants. Removal of these nutrients by plants greatly reduces discharges of fish culture water to natural water bodies, which protects our lakes, rivers, and the wider environment from nutrient enrichment and excessive algae growth.
2) Fish excrete ammonia, which is toxic at high levels. A bio filter is required to remove ammonia. In some AquaPonic systems the plants and Hydroponic growing beds become the bio filter, thereby eliminating the need for a separate and expensive bio filter. There are many types of bio filters in the aquaculture industry, but when the Hydroponic growing bed is used for bio filtration it is the only bio filter that earns money.
3) Correctly designed AquaPonic systems are well-balanced ecosystems where the nutrients generated by the fish are absorbed by the plants. There is no need to monitor the numerous water quality parameters as required in separate recirculating fish culture or Hydroponic systems, saving considerable time and expense. AquaPonic systems are therefore robust and very easy to operate and maintain. The average hobbyist or farmer can operate an AquaPonic system quite successfully.
4) The profit potential of commercial AquaPonics is increased due to the availability of free nutrients for the plants, lower water requirements, elimination of a separate bio filter in some AquaPonic design approaches, less water quality monitoring and shared costs for operation and infrastructure. In addition, the plant crops cannot be sprayed with chemical herbicides or pesticides, so they can be marketed as “spray free”, which brings potentially higher profits.
5) Since AquaPonic systems can produce fish and vegetables intensively throughout the year outdoors in suitable climates or in environmentally controlled greenhouses and land requirements are minimal, systems can be located near urban markets, thereby reducing transportation costs and providing fresh, high quality fish and plants. In fact, AquaPonics may be located almost anywhere.
6) AquaPonic systems produce two crops from the one input source; the fish feed. In addition, the vast majority of the nutrients added to the AquaPonics system, via the fish, stay in the system and profitably sustain fish and plant products. This makes AquaPonics far more efficient in terms of nutrient utilization than other farming systems.
|Sample Illustration - Not to Scale - Scales are TailoredGrouped Agricultural (AquaPonic) Growing Unit(s) (AGUs)|