2017 Commercial Aquaponics Course

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  • Weeklong Intensive
  • May 22nd – 28th
  • £400 Register and Pay (contact us if you don’t have access to paypal)
  • Includes visits to and Q&A with – BioAqua Farm and GrowBristol)

Unlike previous years, this year we are squeezing our aquaponics course into one week of teaching, hands on and site visits starting May 22nd through till May 28th! This comes by popular request from people all over the UK who couldn’t manage to come to Bristol 12 weeks in a row! We plan on working with the same instructors (plus a few new faces) with confirmed visits to GrowBristol and BioAqua Farm and Hans Hoff’s Arctic Char farm in Dorset.


-To make commercial aquaponics accessible
-To enable participants to overcome specific production issues through access to specific information and expert guidance;
-To enable participants to realise true product value, by taking a systems approach focusing on the entire production cycle and determining the best options for system set up, diversification and sustainability;
-To train entry level practitioners in a holistic manner, in response to current challenges to the socioeconomic sustainability of the aquaculture industry in Europe

Course Schedule (confirmed sessions – see below for confirmed sessions that have yet to be scheduled):

Monday – Introduction to this year’s course, tour of Bristol Fish Project’s facility in making with Q&A.

Session with Eric Roderick of FishGen on inspirational aquaponics projects from around the world, and on his work in commercial hatchery and Broodstock management.

Tuesday – CEFAS – Fish Health and Biosecurity and Compliance with Nick Stinton.

Working through your Business Templates:

  • Building a Biosecurity Plan – Introduction to the Template
  • Building a Risk Assessment – Introduction to the Template
  • Building a Food Safety Management Plan – Introduction to the Template

Wednesday -We start the day with a witness session – Michael Jeutner will be presenting an exemplar design and business plan for a decoupled warehouse system +Q&A.

Following that Kate Hoffman of GrowUp Urban Farms will be sharing her experiences for applying for different kinds of funding and how to maximise your chances of success.

After Lunch we will take a look at our next template – 

  • Building a Funding Proposal

We won’t spend too long on this – as we will continue the afternoon offsite, with a visit to local aquaponic facility GrowBristol where we will be looking at and trying techniques for harvesting fish, killing fish, and (may change which evening) –

Preparing (filleting, gutting, scaling – techniques with advanced techniques if the group is already pro-fae with basic techniques) your fish with The Fish Shop team and Q&A with a fishmonger – with discussion on wholesale prices, quality, asthetic, and what it means to sell the ‘story’ of your product.

Thursday – Dr Rosemary Crichton on Feed Options and Nutritional Profiling.

Beca Beeby (Humble by Nature) hands-on session on working with Black Soldier Flies for urban food waste recycling and feed production.

Friday – Sensors, Water Quality, Monitoring with Seneye. Understanding what is happening in your water is vital to ensuring that the aquatic life remains healthy. This revolutionary water monitoring device allows you to continuously track the changes in the water parameters, alerting you to the problems before they affect your system.

Building and managing your production schedule with Agrilysta web-based software platform that helps indoor farms manage their crops and gain data-driven insights to make more profitable production decisions.

Saturday – Morning – 10-12 visit to BioAqua Farm in Somerset.

Afternoon Visit to Haughton Springs Arctic Char farm in Dorset

Sunday – Presentations of your business plans and templates. Critique and Feedback. Q&A.

Welcome to the British Aquaponics Association and course Alumni (+access to network resources). Group Meal.

And we are still arranging the diary for confirmed sessions on:

  • Hydroculture – a demonstration of a variety of hydroponic techniques – hands on –
  • Synthetic lighting / augmenting natural light.
  • Funding your venture – Model Template
  • New business models (CSA, community enterprise, crowd-equity, SITR)

As usual – because our project’s mission is to make aquaponics accessible; the course is run at close-to-cost and we remain a not-for-profit organisation – so it’s hard for us to make concessions. If you can’t manage the price (£400) though – please get in touch and we can investigate options such a skill swap / group price if you are several people coming from one organisation.

NB students from previous years can also attend some of the sessions for a minimum donation of £5. We will keep you all posted with the up-to-date schedule.

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Here are a few snippets from previous years… 

unnamedLast year for the first time Dr Rosemary Crichton took us through fish physiology and responses to feeds and discusses the various ingredient options and how we can consider these for making aquaponic feeds.

Rose has a huge interest in how aquaponic feeds can be produced from urban waste streams

kate.jpgIn previous years we’ve heard how raising the funding for an aquaponics project, regardless of the size, is hard work and takes time. But it can pay off if it means you can start your project! Kate Hofman  of GrowUp Urban Farms will be sharing her experiences for applying for different kinds of funding and how to maximise your chances of success… Kate is the co-founder of GrowUp Urban Farms. GrowUp Urban Farms produces sustainable fresh fish, salads and herbs in cities using a combination of aquaponic and vertical growing technologies.

unnamed (1)In our final commercial aquaponics class, we are confronting the endgame – and the mental shift from sacrifice to celebration – the aching beauty of preparing carefully that which you have nurtured for the platter…[read more]

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