Workshop
"Aquaponics - Introduction to Principles and Practices"

Theory and practice of sustainable plant breeding in symbiosis with fish

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Workshop
Aquaponia
Introdução a Princípios e Práticas
18 e 19 de junho, Torres Vedras

What is it?

Learn how to grow delicious fresh and organic vegetables in symbiosis with fish. Aquaponics is an innovative technique of integrated cultivation of plants and fish. While the fish naturally fertilise the water, the aromatic, leafy or fruit plants extract these natural nutrients and grow healthily. It is the replication of a natural ecosystem in the service of a circular, more sustainable and healthy food production format.

Where and when?

The training will take place in person on June 18 and 19 at the following location:

Ecocampus Pólo 2
Rua da Estr. Militar – Escola Básica de Casal de Barbas, Turcifal – Torres Vedras

What does it include?

  • 14 hours of training in 2 days

  • Theoretical and practical learning (with setting up a domestic aquaponics system)

  • 4 coffee-breaks

  • Certificate of participation delivered at the end of the workshop

What is the timetable?

The schedule for the 2-day workshop is:
9:15 am to 6:00 pm

(free lunch between 12:45 pm and 2:30 pm).

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Registration

Registration is limited to 22 participants only, to be carried out through:

Registration fee:

129,15 € (IVA included)

Goals

The aim of this Introduction to Aquaponics workshop is to provide participants with knowledge about the main aquaponics techniques and methodologies, maintenance and production, getting the best out of this modern and sustainable food production system that combines aquaculture and agricultural techniques.
At the end of the training action, the trainees should know the concept of aquaponics and have basic theoretical and practical knowledge that will allow them to begin the practice of aquaponics at the domestic level, experimentally and as a basis for the commercial level.

Recipients

The workshop is aimed at agriculture and aquaculture professionals, researchers, businessmen, entrepreneurs, teachers, schoolchildren, students in the fields of biology, aquaculture and agronomy, aquarists and others interested in domestic or commercial food production. Due to the characteristics of this action, it is assumed that those interested envisage the practice of aquaponics at any scale of size, whether experimental, production for self-consumption or even commercialisation at a later stage.

Trainer

João Berkeley Cotter

Programmatic content

PROGRAMME INTRODUCTORY MODULE (14 H)

1. INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES
       Introduction of trainers and trainees
       Definition of the objectives of the training action


2. INTRODUCTION
       What is aquaponics
       History of aquaponics
       Why aquaponics
       Applicability of aquaponics
       Benefits of aquaponics
       Aquaponics in the world, Europe and Portugal


3. BASIC THEORETICAL PRINCIPLES
       The biological cycle of aquaponics
       Nitrogen cycle


4. THE PLANTS
       Plant needs
       Primary and secondary macro-nutrients and micronutrients
       Cultivation of leafy plants vs. fruit crops
       Germination


5. THE FAUNA
       Brief notions of fish biology
       The selection of species: options, advantages, disadvantages
       Ornamental and non-ornamental
       Food requirements (herbivores, omnivores and carnivores)
       Common aquaculture species in aquaponics


6. LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR AQUAPONICS
        Existing regulations and limitations

7. THE AQUAPONICS SYSTEM
        Is aquaponics biological/organic?
        Some physicochemical parameters
        Main components of an aquaponics system
        System options (DWC; NFT; grow beds; vertical)


8. EQUIPMENT FOR AQUAPONICS
        Main equipment

9. AQUAPONICS SYSTEM SIZING
       Balance between aquaculture and hydroponic production dimensioning
       Feed


10. THE WORK OF THE ORGANISERS AND PARTNERS
       Food4Sustainability (objectives, partners, projects and ongoing work)
       Aquaponics Iberia (objectives, partners, projects and ongoing work)
       Evolution perspectives of aquaponics


11. PRACTICAL COMPONENT
      
Analysis and interpretation of a working aquaponics system
       Practical workshop for the construction of a small aquaponics system
       Preparation of plants and seedlings for the aquaponics system

Organisation

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