Sustainable Systems For Fish Farming – Managing Pests & diseases

Through fish farming, our source of protein and nutrition has found new sources and possibilities. Using our ponds and fresh water, we are able to produce more food in the water and benefit from it. It has also boosted our seafood industry, making the seasonal seafood supply available at any time of the year. The aquaculture industry is growing rapidly and with it many have questioned the sustainability issues of fish farming. It is also important to manage pests and diseases effectively to increase production. Enhancing fish habitat Improving the natural habitat in your pond can increase the fish production and population of your fish farm. Create structures to cover and provide shelters for your young fish in case they are attacked by predators or unwanted reptiles, increasing their chances of survival and growth. Managing Predators and water quality Managing unwanted predators for fish farm such as birds, reptiles, unwanted carnivorous fish, wild fish, insects, and fishing by man is essential for any fish farm. Fish production can also be affected by diseases, reduction of quality feed, water quality, overcro wded ponds, and so on. Fish farm quality can also be reduced if enough oxygen is not supplied, especially for delicate and exotic fish farming. Decomposition or fouling weed and dead animals can also harm the water quality, reduce water quality and limit the fish movement on the surface. · Placing a swan decoy Placing a swan decoy on your fish pond can limit geese from attacking your pond. Swans are highly territorial. Once a swan decoy is placed, gees will be discouraged to opt the pond and go...

World Aquaculture Conference In South Australia June 7 – 11, 2014

The World Aquaculture Conference is going to be held in Australia this year. The date and venue of the conference has been set, and it is going to be a 5 day conference, starting from June 7 and will end on June 11, 2014, at Adelaide Convention Center in Adelaide, Australia. Australia is hosting the event for the first time since 1999. A number of environmental scientists government agencies, government delegates, businesses as well as fish farmers are expect to attend this conference which will have the theme of nature, create, grow, which will reflect the nature of dynamic growth of aquaculture in Australia. The preparation for the conference is already well underway and in full swing, and a number of teams are already working on several tasks laid out to develop the conference into success. With world wide support from the environmental and aquaculture industry, as well as the government of Australia, the event is expected to be a rewarding and exciting affair for all participants. This event will combine the Australasian Aquaculture event with exposition and the international annual conference of the World Aquaculture Society. This will bring the world renowned agricultural sector of Australia into focus. Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Gail Gago has said that winning the rights to host this event was an achievement for South Australia. The state’s economy is expected to get a boost of up to $11.5 million with this conference, with expected 2,000 to 3000 delegated who plan to attend this international conference. Ms. Gago also added that aquaculture science and industry event coming to Adelaide shows how well...

Hydroponics – What Is It And How It May Work For You

Many of us have done this as a child. We have clipped a part of a plant and kept it in water hoping that the plant will grow with roots coming out. This works with some plants. You are able to see roots grow from the clipped piece and soon it starts to grow into a complete plant. This is hydroponics, and we have done this without knowing that it is a part of agriculture. The term hydroponics derived from two Greek words, “Hydros,” which mean water, and “Ponos,” meaning work. It can often be confused with fish farming or gardening, but the term closely relates to agriculture and scientific researches, rather than gardening or fishing. Hydroponic farming can be a great way to address shortage of food and the increasing demand of food around the world as the population keeps on growing and the resources does not.  The land available for agriculture is decreasing as farm lands are continuously being used for developing other sectors and industries around the world. Hydroponic can especially benefit the third world nations where land is scarce and overpopulated. If you would like to have a kitchen garden in your house, but have no space in your backyard, hydroponics could be the right thing for you to grow your own fresh vegetables.   What is Hydroponic agriculture? Hydroponic is a part of agriculture where plants are grown in a solution or liquid with nutrients. This is usually done in water with fertilizers in it for plants to grow, and it does not require any other medium such as soil, sand, rocks, gravel, etc. This...

Micro Greens – A Simple Way To Grow Your Own Indoor Garden

Winter is right around the corner and most outdoor gardening projects will have to stop until the spring gets here. In the meantime, you can try growing some of the micro green plants indoors, which does not require much space. You can start a micro green plantation right on your windowsill.   What is micro green plantation? Micro greenplantation is the process of growing tiny green herbs or vegetables in small containers mostly indoors when the conditions are not suitable for outdoor gardening. You can grow some of your favorite herbs and vegetables in a cost effective way that provides you a supply of green food which is healthy for you. Micro greens are ideal for all year round gardening Not only for the winter, but micro green plantation is beneficial for all year round. You are able to plant the micro green plants anywhere in the house or outdoors. Starting a micro green plantation does not require a whole lot of money and the benefits are plenty. You are able to save on your grocery bills, as well as get essential nutrition for you.  You are also able to mix several types of micro green seeds that will add variety to your diet. It is a great idea to have a steady supply of salads through the cold months of winter. You are also able to harvest some of the most useful plants all year long, which are not only healthy but also cost effective for you, and not to mention the freshness of the plants which you get form your micro garden.   What can you grow...

Aquaponic Farming – A New Way Of Agriculture To Feed The Hungry Planet

The need for food to feed the planet is growing every day, and there is no simple solution for addressing this problem. To add insult to injury, the world is also going through climatic changes, environmental disturbances and also shortages of resources. On top of that, there are several political unrest and global issues that also affect us all. We are all suffering from the crisis of having fewer amounts of food, energy resources, and sustainable livestock. Although there seems to be no perfect solution to address all the global problems and shortages of food, the ancient methods of producing more food and yielding more crops through aquaponics can be a great way to increase the amount food production globally. Aquaponics, which is also known as Hydroponics, is a technique of growing plants on water through a steady supply of nutrients through a pump or flow of solutions. Growing food through aquaponic agriculture does not require great amount of land or resources, and can be a great solution for sustainable agriculture. There are great new methods of aquaculture that can increase the amount of food to feed our planet, and can be especially profitable in places where water and transporting other resources for agriculture such as heavy machinery, and fertilizers may be costly. Transportation costs for farmers can be an added burden which can be easily avoided. The Aquaponic techniques of farming are not to be taken lightly. A single container farm can produce enough food to support a family of several people for a year. Just imagine how much families can save on food by growing simple produce...

Aquacultured Fish Farming From Home Aquariums & Fish Tanks

Fish is a great source of protein for us, especially the rich omega 3, a fatty acid that has been linked to weight loss solutions, cholesterol control and reducing the risks of heart diseases. The recent population growth and decrease in the wild fish population has caused a shortage of fish supply in the market, and therefore, growing your own fish at home could benefit you. Through aquaculture, you can grow not only fish but also many kind of aquatic organisms, that  can be grown and raised at home using fish tanks or aquariums for a fresh supply of protein rich food. We have already discussed how you can grow plants or aquatic plants at home from your home garden or pots that can supply you organic food and fresh vegetables and fruits. Now, along with herbs, you can grow your own fish at home and prepare a complete home grown meal right from your home based farm. The concept of aquafarming is not new. People all around world have used this technique for many years and have grown food right at home. Through careful and controlled farming, there is possibility of growing a good supply of food at home, enough to feed a family of four for months. The types of fish and other organism that you can grow will depend on your eating habits. Fish farm and vegetable garden Salad and fish go together very well. You can also grow them together. A better technique for growing both fish and vegetables from your home based fish tank can include a circulating water system, a system commonly known...