ATI has in-depth expertise in developing technology for aquaponics systems, where water conservation and intensive food production combine for a sustainable production system.
Fish farming and aquaponics are the fastest growing segments of agriculture worldwide today. Aquaculture now accounts for approximately 50% of the world’s food fish and is growing more rapidly than all other animal food-producing sectors. In an aquaponics system, fish are reared in land-based RAS tanks where the nutrient-rich water from the fish effluent provides nutrients to feed a variety of produce, such as vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers. In turn, the plants recondition and clean the water for recirculation back to the fish.
- Sustainability: Fish and vegetables are produced without hormones, fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides.
- Water Conservation: Systems use approximately 90% less water than conventional farming irrigation.
- Faster Growth Cycles: Fish and vegetables can have higher growth rates than conventional farming. RAS technology provides an optimal rearing environment which can be controlled, monitored and maintained.
- Costs: Two crops are produced from a single input source. Aquaponics is more efficient in terms of nutrient utilization than other farming systems.
- Low Environment Footprint: Aquaponics allows for year-round production either outdoors in suitable climates or in environmentally controlled greenhouses, therefore minimizing land requirements. As such, aquaponics systems can be located near urban markets, thereby reducing transportation costs and lowering ‘food miles’.
- Organic Marketing: Fish and vegetables may qualify for organic certification. As a chemical herbicide and pesticide-free product, crops can command a premium in the marketplace.
Recent growth in this sector has been directly attributed to concerns over water scarcity and food shortages. Aquaponics is integrated technology that delivers intensive organic food production in order to meet the growing demand for food products while using 90% less water than conventional farming.
The success of an aquaponics farm is directly associated with its fish rearing technology and fish husbandry, areas in which AgriMarine has proven expertise and know-how.