Aquaponics is a farming technique that combines aquaculture with hydroponics (soil-less culture). Aquaponics is gaining interest and is developing for large-scale commercial applications, as well as small and medium fresh produces interests. Aquaponics is considered to be water efficient, reduces the need for fertilisers, and can be applied in both rural and urban settings.
Aquaponics presents a dynamic and adaptable food production practise that can be adapted to provide fish and veg tailored to the local market. In South Africa, where food insecurity is experience in both AND urban areas, aquaponics has the potential to contribute to brining fresh, quality food to communities.
Our services include:
Research and Feasibility
Similar to aquaculture, aquaponics can be quite technical and during the inception phase the appropriate selection of species, technology, site and business model (e.g. small-scale niche products or large commercial food producer) are critical factors for success. Understanding the market is even more important is this needs to be done for both fish species and vegetables. Let us assist you in finding a winning combination.
Enviro-legal and Environmental Impact Assessment
Environmental legal requirements are also relevant for aquaponics, mainly due to the potential requirements for the aquaculture portion of the activity. However, even the hydroponic activities need consideration for best practice environmental management. We can assist with legal and best practice requirements including integration with your Integrated Pest/ Disease Management Plans.
Design and Planning
Gaia project management and aquaculture expertise teams up with hydroponic experts and academics to provide project designs, as well as plans for day-to-day management of aquaponic farming.
If you require experimental research of a pilot idea and are looking for the expertise to carry out this research, Gaia is currently involved in both aquaculture and aquaponics research and can advise or implement research on your behalf.