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This is a comprehensive course covering all aspects of aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture. Our Aquaponics Master Class is intended for anyone seriously considering getting into aquaponic food production, or those already doing aquaponics who want to learn more about the technology. We cover the topics most important to being successful in aquaponics including aquaponic methods and applications, crop choices and recommendations, water quality, daily operation and growing techniques, greenhouses and environmental control, fish biology and feeds, plant care and health, system start up and business considerations.
In the Aquaponics Master Class, we don’t waste your time with fluff or with inexperienced instructors. We have developed a comprehensive and cohesive curriculum. We share the most important tips and techniques for growing and we show you the path to success in aquaponics, all based on our 20 years’ experience in aquaponic food production.
Morning sessions are held in a classroom. Presenations are interesting and dynamic. Attendee questions and participation is encouraged. Afternoon sessions are held in Nelson and Pade, Inc.’s demonstration greenhouse. Attendees get to practice hands on, what is taught. Activities include fish feeding, water quality testing, plant seeding and harvesting, and much more!
Nelson and Pade, Inc., in a partnership with the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (UWSP), offers our Master Class attendees the opportunity to earn undergraduate and graduate credit through an accredited university, the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. The credit is transferable to other colleges and Universities. Students do not need to be enrolled at UW-SP.
- Length: 3 days
- Materials Included: Course Materials, Certificate of Participation, T-shirt, Goody Bag
- Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and refreshments
- Cost: $995
- Registration: Call us at 608-297-8708 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tilapia is one of the most widely produced food fishes. Tilapia is farmed or harvested from wild populations in over 75 countries. This fish group has been widely recognized as an important food source in Asia and Africa for over 50 years, where until recently most of it was consumed locally. However, in the last two decades, there has been greater consumer acceptance of tilapia in North America and Europe and tilapia is now an important food source in these regions. Much of the tilapia consumed in North America and Europe is imported from Asia, the Middle East, and South America.
Tilapia is second to carp as the most popularly farmed fish. In 1994 worldwide production of farmed tilapia was 500,000 metric tons. By 2002 over 1.5 million metric tons of tilapia were produced. Production accelerated to almost 3.5 million metric tons by 2010.
China is the largest producer of tilapia farming 1,331,890 metric tons in 2010. This is over twice as much as Egypt (557,049 mt) and Indonesia (458,752 mt). As the chart shows, the majority of tilapia production takes place in Asia (China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam, Taiwan), the Middle East (Egypt) and South America (Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador). By comparison, very little tilapia is produced in North America and the United States production was 9,979 mt in 2010.
Dr. Kevin Fitzsimmons, a professor at the University of Arizona an noted tilapia expert, predicts that tilapia will surpass carp and become the most important aquaculture fish in the 21st century. Tilapia has a number of unique characteristics which favor its rise in popularity as an aquaculture species. These characteristics include high growth rate, ability to subsist on natural food sources, reproductive capability, and ability to tolerate a range of environments. Ongoing breeding programs now produce tilapia with faster growth rates and better fillet yield. Tilapia can be grown in high density and in polyculture systems with shrimp and other fish.
Comparison of Major Farmed Fishes
Tilapia production values based on data sourced from the FishStat database
Authors: Carole R. Engle & Ivano Neira
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Tilapia Farm Business Management
Efficient management of a tilapia farm can make the difference between profits and losses, even in years with unfavorable prices and costs. Farm management involves more than just taking care of the biological processes involved; it includes paying close attention to economic and financial measures of the farm business also. This manual will provide a practical overview of economic and financial indicators and analyses to use to better understand the performance of the tilapia farm business. This should assist farm owners and managers to make more informed management decisions on tilapia farms.
The examples used in this training manual are all based on data obtained from different tilapia farms in Kenya during the period 2000-2005. The sample budgets and analyses are based on prices and cost conditions in the country at that time with some assumptions.
University of the Virgin Islands, Albert A. Sheen Campus
St. Croix, USVI
Program – 3-day course that will 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.
Instruction – Each day will include a half-day of classroom lecture and a half-day of hands-on field work. Participants will learn the technology through presentation of the theory and practical skill development. Each student will be given a USB Flash Drive of reference materials and course content. Water quality labs will cover the methods of analysis and the use of water quality test kits. Field work will include fish handling, vegetable production and system operation.
Fee – Registration is required. The course fee is $600. Your registration will be confirmed by email upon receipt of payment. The number of participants is limited and early registration is recommended. The course fee does not include transportation to St. Croix, lodging, meals or local transportation.
Facilities – UVI is located in the heart of beautiful St. Croix. The Aquaculture Program operates fifteen research-scale systems (six aquaponic and nine biofloc) as well as commercial-scale aquaponic and biofloc systems, a fry sex-reversal system, a recirculating system for fingerling rearing and a purge system. The program annually produces about 20,000 lbs. of tilapia and a variety of vegetables.
|Aquaponic system||Plant production|
|System design and management||Seedling production|
|Components||Disease and insect control|
|Construction techniques||Harvesting and packaging|
|Water quality||Capital budgeting|
|Fish production||Operations plan|
|Feeding, growth and survival||Fingerling production|
|Harvesting and processing||Brood stock management|
|Breeding/Fry sex reversal|
Upcoming Workshop Dates:
- February 27 – March 1, 2013
- April 3 – 5, 2013
- May 8 – 10, 2013
For the latest information, see Registration Announcement.