A new bar

Gradually turning the teaching space into a bar for our belated #doyonoushinohi party on Monday! 3-8pm on the farm. Taiko drummers on at 7pm… #calligraphy #origami #cyanotype #unagi #realale #authenticjapanesefood #foody #bristol #bristolbites @bristoleats @bristol2015 @bristolfoodproducers @bristollifeawards @bristol247 @uwebristol @bestofbristol

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The new entryway

@silverandfire chills in our Japanese #unagi Cafe entrance – We are organising an event on Monday 3-8pm at Bristol Fish Project (1 Vale lane – bs35ru) that you might be interested in coming along to? We will be running calligraphy, cyanotype and origami workshops. There is a Taiko Drumming (trad. Japanese) performance at 7pm. We are also running a Japanese traditional kitchen serving Unagi (eel) and vegan options with a greentea and jasmine ale on the bar. It is free entry and we are trying to raise some money through small donations for activities. Food and drink are charged and limited and I think food will deffo run out so book tickets here if you are interested in food – https://ift.tt/2MciAly ) There is a vegan option that We havent put on there £7 which will be a don dish (rice) but not sure what the chef intends – we can save you one if you let us know!

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Treating for gill parasites

The results came back from @cefasgovuk – a gill parasite! Not something we’ve had experience with as we had previously only used fingerlings from captive hatcheries for our #aquaponics. Raising our eels for conservation means we get glass eels from the wild – som they arrive with their own compliment of pests. Silver-linings – a new skill is gained – treating with #formaldehyde

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Eel health issues

The rising temperatures are a really battle for maintaining the health of our eels in our #aquaponics system. Our older eels are showing signs of stress so we’ve asked CEFAS – the fish health inspectorate – to take some samples and find out what the issue is. Unlike most species, eels are always wild caught to on-grow. So they come with their own load of parasites and diseases. The climbing temperatures bring additional pressure. This week we have been salting, making water changes and now have installed a heat exchanger to try to reduce the temperature to something more fun for eels and less fun for pests. We arent the first and certainly wont be the last to find our wide ranging temperature a struggle. Alice drew the symptoms our eels are demonstrating in this illustration. We’ve found next to no info online, so we hope that sharing our story can help others with their issues too. We will keep you posted! Cross your fingers for us guys! #aquaponics #aquaponicsproblems #diseasemanagement #biosecurity #farmissues #agritech #foodtech #anguillaanguilla #conservation #circulareconomics #bristolbusiness #communitybusiness

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Elver’s released into the Monmouth and Brecon Canal

The Monmouth & Brecon canal is so still. Annelies releases the elvers into their new home! Good luck guys! We really hope that picking you up from the Severn and dropping you off here will have helped you! #aquaponics #conservation #regenerativefarming #anguillaanguilla #sustainableeelgroup #endangeredspecies #monmouthandbreconcanal #communitybusiness #agritech

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Eel release day is here!

The Monmouth & Brecon canal is so still. Sam releases the elvers into their new home! Good luck guys! We really hope that picking you up from the Severn and dropping you off here will have helped you! #aquaponics #conservation #regenerativefarming #anguillaanguilla #sustainableeelgroup #endangeredspecies #monmouthandbreconcanal #communitybusiness #agritech

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Annelise weighs out 2.6kg of eels for release

Annelise weighs out 2.6kg or… about 11000 elvers to be released into the Monmouth and Brecon canal over the next couple of days. It’s really pleasing to see the eels leave. We worry that everyday they spend with us is a day they aren’t learning to survive in the wild. So its really a relief to send them on their way! Go eels go! #conservation #aquaponics #eels #elvers #monandbreconcanal #waterways

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Here be elvers!

Exciting times on the farm – today we took delivery of 35000 glass eels! Sam drove up to UK glass eels and picked up the little guys (Neel, Eleelsabeth, Eelsa, Oleelver and all their friends). They are so little and seemingly fragile – it’s very scary to think that we are responsible for these critically endangered critters. Meanwhile Annelies is arranging some Eel release permits for us so that we can get these guys to their new homes all around the Bristol Channel.

They are VERY CUTE.

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We built an indoor farm on an industrial estate and it’s awesome (GDPR fandango)

You guys worked with us to build an indoor farm on an industrial estate in Bristol and it’s AWESOME!

It has been such a pleasure sharing our journey so far with you all. Over the past year we’ve taken our warehouse-based community farming demonstration from dream to something-like-a-reality! So many of you have supported our build – through our aquaponics workdays. We have had the honour of sharing our courses with some amazing entrepreneurs and hobbyists. We are delighted by our eco-coworking tribe! We have endless gratitude for our community-owners! We couldn’t have done this without you!

For most of you reading this – you are truly interested in what is happening on a little industrial estate in Bristol!  You are the people we are writing to today – the people who want to continue to receive our general updates, who want to continue to receive our course updates. You are the special ones – and we appreciate you beyond measure. Please make sure you have followed the links above and registered for our GDPR (here’s what that is about) compliant mailing lists – we don’t want to loose you!

For some of you – your brief foray into Aquaponics is done – or you are happy to just check in with our website from time to time – REJOICE –this is your time!!! And as of next week – we shall sully your inbox no more! You will be free from uninteresting tripe and life will be beautiful again and no longer blighted by “1276 unread messages’. For the time we had together – THANKYOU 

And for those sticking with us for the next phase WE SALUTE YOU ❤

Unusual and Interesting Volunteering Opportunities

Are you looking for unusual, interesting or challenging volunteering opportunities? Look no further than our current projects:

Project:  Helping Build a Sensory Garden for young people with Special Needs – Long Term Volunteers Needed
When.              Weekly, Sundays
Where:             South Bristol Sensory Garden @ Bristol Fish Project – 1. Vale Lane. BS35RU
Contact:           Alice-Marie Archer


Project:  Helping Build our Aquaponic Community Farm – Drop in sessions & Long Term Volunteers sought
When.              Weekly, Thursday Evenings 18:30-21:00, Sundays 11-15:00
Where:             South Bristol Sensory Garden – 1. Vale Lane. BS35RU
Contact:           Alice-Marie Archer
Email:               registration via meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Aquaponic-Workdays-at-Bristol-Fish-Project/
Project: Eel Conservation Projects – Long-term volunteering Opportunities
When.              Weekly, Tuesday Daytimes 10 – 17:00
Where:             South Bristol Sensory Garden – 1. Vale Lane. BS35RU
Contact:           Aneelies Leeuw
Email:              a.e.leeuw@outlook.com
Project:  Hackuaponics Fridays – Automation and Robotics for the future of our community farms
When.              Weekly, Fridays 10-17:00
Where:             South Bristol Sensory Garden – 1. Vale Lane. BS35RU
Contact:           Tom & Sam

Bristol Fish Project is now offering Eco-Co-Working Space!

Want to give it a go? Why not join us for a FREE Co-working day – register here for the Wednesday that suits you

£80pcm / £6/day / flexible options

  • Monday to Friday 9-5 access
  • Internet Access
  • Locked Storage (bring a padlock)
  • Options to hire event space evenings and weekends
  • 10 minute walk from Parson Street Station
  • on the 76 Bus Route
  • Tea Coffee and basic Kitchenette
  • Community Garden in progress with outdoor seating and planters