(Past Event) 12 weeks – Commercial Aquaponics

12 weeks long – Part time – July 21st Start 2016

*Please register for courses by either registering for the full 12 weeks or see links below for individual sessions


  • -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

*Please register for courses by either registering for the full 12 weeks or see links below for individual sessions

We are working with as many industry professionals as we can muster up  – the course is of the highest quality and provides a good framework for someone wanting to set up a system of their own or train in the basics to run a commercial aquaponic system. This year’s course is additionally exciting as you will be able to see and get your hands dirty with our own progress at the Vale Lane project – a 400sqft warehouse we started working on in December 2015.
This course will take place at the Warehouse in Bristol, Thursdays, 7-9pm. The full course is part-time takes 12 weeks. NB You can register for the 12 week course or you can just come to units that interest you. We are looking to charge around £400 for the 12 weeks, or £40 per unit (to register for individual units follow links below – still adding these links – watch this space) – but we are doing our very best to make sure it’s not exclusive – so if you are interested, please get in touch in anycase to discuss options (email info@bristolfish.org).

Class Schedule:

12 week courseeach session is £40 unless registered for full 12 weeks: These sessions are indicative of the final programme and are based around the last 2 years of courses:

Session 1 – 21st July  (19:00 – 21:00) – Course Introduction from Bristol Fish Project and Session 1 – Fish Selection, hatchery, broodstock management and tales of aquaponics from around the world – with Eric Roderick of FishGen  – More info and register for just this session

Session 2 – 28th July  (19:00 – 21:00) Hands on look at Hydroponic Systems (NFT, DWC, F&D) and considerations for Synthetic Lighting, with Greens Hydroponics. More info and register just for this session

Session 3 – 4th August (19:00 – 21:00) -Feed Options and Nutrient Profiling – Dr Rosemary Crichton – Ethics of production and Fish Welfare in Aquaponics -with Dr Gavan M Cooke – BIAZA Aquarium Research Liaison and EAZA Welfare Advisory Specialist. More info and register.

Session 4 – 11th August (19:00 – 21:00) – Monitoring your system, water quality, Light, control system and Open Data Approaches with Sam Rossitor and Seneye Click here for more information and to register

Session 5 –  18th August (19:00 – 21:00) Funding projects and writing proposals – With Kate Hofman, from Kickstarter funded aquaponics project GrowUP Urban Farms. Click here for more information and to register.

Session 6 – 25th August Full system valorisation – bi products and adding value, circular economics with Alice-Marie Archer. Witness Session with Phillip Jones of Byspokes

Session 7 – SATURDAY 3rd September (19:00 – 21:00) BAQUA ANNUAL CONFERENCE (Bridgewater)

Session 8 – 8th September (19:00 – 21:00) Brand, Marketing and Distribution with Somerset Local Food Direct and Open Food Network.

Session 9 – 15th September (19:00 – 21:00) Powering the system – community energy, renewables and more – With Matt Wood of Bioregional and Lynne Davis of Demand Energy Equality

Session 10 – 22nd September (19:00 – 21:00) Permaculture approaches to aquaponics with Robyn Hodgiss and Pete Summers, Community Land and TBC Advisory Group will run a session introducing how to find a site and getting a lease/licence followed by a ‘site’ surgery answering individual project questions with Rebecca Marshall

Session 11 –  29th September (19:00 – 21:00) Policy and compliance in aquaculture and food production – and Bio-security and disease control in aquaculture – including case studies –  with Nick Stinton of  CEFAS – Fish Health InspectorateCEFAS  Evening Class – REGISTER for this session

Session 12 – 6th October (19:00 – 21:00) (Date TBC) Practical – Fish Dinner – Humane fish killing, fish processing, fish preparation and eating! – Evening Class with Dan Stern of The Fish Shop

Optional sessions (Charged separately for travel costs and materials)

  1. BAQUA annual conference (Date TBC)
  2.  Visit to Houghten Springs Arctic Char facility in Dorset – mentioned in this article from the telegraph on Arctic Char)
  3. TBC visit to hydroponics facility (possibly Herbs from Wales)
  4. TBC Visit to BioAqua Farm
  5. TBC Visit to Grow Bristol Urban farm
  6. TBC London Field Trip visit to GrowUp Urban Farms and to Growing Underground


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