Articles About Aquaculture

We continue to add a variety of articles to aid you in learning more about aquaculture.

great pond

Learn How To Grow Your Own Fish (PDF)

National Farmers Union Aquaponics is about aquaculture.

A viable ecosystem is based on the principal of self sustainability. Though man has invented a vast array of methods and technologies, we still find that by working side by side in harmony with nature's own methods we can achieve success in sustainable living.
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Aquaponic System
National Farmers Union
This is a very interesting aquaponic system(s) created by another grower--it uses the same biological system that we use at Lanikai Farms (but we do it on a much larger scale).

What is the determining--perhaps limiting--factor for this small garden? It's the fish..."the fish factor".

Rule of thumb: If the biological system makes the water healthy so fish can thrive and breed, then the same water can readily grow vegetables. This "fish factor" is the same whether the facility(s) are large like Lanikai Farms (nearly 60,000 gallons), or small like the system in these photos. No dangerous pesticides required. With enough water, no fish food is required...and this points to the miracle of life, i.e. light and water are the basis for algae, protein green mass. Algae growth in water is evolution happening right in front of us! The universe is pregnant with life.

Ecologically Friendly Fish Breeding

In a presentation at a national aquaculture conference Lloyd touted Hawaiis aquaculture industry leaders, their courage and determination to develop and promote Hawaiis commercial aquaculture. In so doing, the comments stress the philosophical spirit behind Lanikai Farms. The environmental landscape mirrors the hearts and minds of people who at this point in history are in control of virtually all land and its accompanying water resources. The reality is that corporate business values are steadily depleting the natural environment and hardening areas that were once water sources with concrete and asphalt."

Lanikai Farms is a beautiful example of how channeling natural resources can become a source of enrichment to any neighborhood and surrounding community. And, in times of trouble or scarcity, such endeavors will be an important source of sustenance.

catchment system
Simple and efficient, 100% of rainwater is channeled from a 6,500 sq. ft. greenhouse roof. Rain in the Haiku region rises above 100 inches annually.

rainwater runoff system
Rainwater on greenhouse roof is gravity fed into pond (right side). Clean water emptying through plumbing on left side is gravity fed from bio-filter.

breeding pond Culture pens keep different varieties and sizes of fish separate.

Getting Started in Aquaculture
By Marley Beem - From the Oklahoma Cooperative Exstension Service.

Aquaculture, the production of aquatic animals and plants under controlled conditions, is the fastest growing form of alternative agriculture in the United States. Photos of ponds packed with eagerly feeding fish are capturing the imagination of people across the country. Before jumping into fish farming, however, it is wise to temper your enthusiasm with an objective look at the benefits and disadvantages involved. It is not unusual for people interested in aquaculture to have some mistaken ideas.

Pump Sizing, "Flow Rate" and "Head"
Determining flow rate and total dynamic head can be difficult but need not be overly so. Use these formulas for determining your waterfall and pond throughput.

Pond Hygiene
A garden pool is a confined space. Its biological equilibrium can be established on a scientific basis, but it will always be very much influenced by environmental conditions. For this reason, a regular check of a number of parameters is essential for preventing accidental imbalance, and correcting if the need arises.

Water Usage in Recirculating Aquaculture/Aquaponic Systems
Clean water is a precious resource to be wisely utilized and conserved. Irrigation claims 70 percent of the water that we use. The excess water leaving industrial farms is often contaminated with silt, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, making it unfit for reuse.

What Bottom Oxygenation Does
A helpful illustration of Bottom Oxygenation that is crucial to understanding Recirculating Aquaculture Systems.
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The aquaculture teaching facility was developed under award NA06RG0436 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of Lanikai Farms and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or the Department of Commerce.
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Photo credits - Lloyd Fischel