Our red claw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus) have been doing well in the aquaponics showcase system. Look at this tiny baby.
The fresh tilapia and healthy pak-choi from Aquaponics.is was well received by people visiting the Christmas market in the Ocean Cluster today. Isak, Ragnar and Ragnheidur did a great job presenting the aquaponics ideology through our show case system at the cluster and pictures from our pilot systems in the industry building in Sudarvogur and the greenhouse in Akur South Iceland. Our new publication Aquaponics Guidelines was offered to those interested in establishing a system. GREAT DAY!
We have been testing red claw crayfish and marble crayfish in our aquaponics systems. Both species are doing well. The marble crayfish has been spawning without any problems and we are now observing the first eggs on our red claw crayfish.
Please enjoy our videos of moultings of both species:
Red claw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus)
Marble crayfish (Procambarus fallax f. virginalis)
COST Action FA1305 is offering 15 places on the training school 3 Commercial Aquaponics to be held by the University of Iceland 9 – 12 September 2015. Successful applicants will be offered a maximum grant of €1120 as a contribution towards the costs of travel, accommodation and meals. The deadline for applications is August 12th 2015, see Commercial aquaponics training school.
The training school will be delivered by Dr. Ragnheidur Thorarinsdottir and profesor Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir, University of Iceland, Dr. Paul Rye Kledal Institute of Global Food and Farming in Denmark and Dr. Mitja Kopina, Project Manager at Gnezdo d.o.o. and Ponika in Slovenia (www.ponnod.com). The lectures and practical classes will mainly be conducted at the the ecovillage Solheimar South Iceland.
July 3rd we made a field trip to aquaponics sites in South Iceland. We visited Hlynur in Hveragerdi, Dagur in Reykholt and of course our own site at Akur. We also came by the banana house at the Agricultural University, Solheimar and tasted the amazing tomato soup at Fridheimar. We ended up in the swimming pool in Hveragerdi and a taste of Grevens cider.
EcoPonics held a project meeting in Iceland June 11-12th back to back with the Leonardo aquaponics seminar held at the University of Iceland. Anita Fassio Project Officer from EASME took part in the meeting. The group visited the aquaponics pilot unit set up at the horticulture farm Akur in Laugaras. Thordur and Karolina welcomed the group and served their gourmet products.
The aquaponics seminar held at the University of Iceland last Wednesday was very successful with more than thirty interested participants from aquaculture, horticulture, design, research and other fields. The seminar ended with a tour to the aquaponics pilot units set up by the EcoPonics group coordinated by Svinna-verkfraedi. The slides from the seminar can be found below.
- Introduction to Aquaponics – Dr. Ragnheidur I Thorarinsdottir
- Basics – plant and fish species – Ragnar Ingi Danner
- Water Quality – Utra Mankasingh
- System design – Marvin Ingi Einarsson
- Breen Aquaponics – Enar Agirre
- Rainbow trout in aquaponics – Siv Lene Gangenes Skar
- Decoupled Aquaponics – Dr. Paul Rye Kledal
- Sustainability – Prof. Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir
When: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 – 13:00 to 19:00
Location: Askja, University of Iceland
Location details: Room 131
13:00-13:30 Introduction to Aquaponics – Dr. Ragnheidur I Thorarinsdottir
13:30-14:00 Basics – plant and fish species – Ragnar Ingi Danner
14:00-14:30 Water quality and filter systems – Dr. Utra Mankasingh
14:30-15:00 System design – Marvin Ingi Einarsson
15:00-15:30 Breen Aquaponics – www.breen.es – Enar Agirre
15:30-16:00 Rainbow trout in aquaponics – www.bioforsk.no – Siv Lene Gangenes Skar
16:00-16:30 Decoupled Aquaponics – www.igff.dk – Dr. Paul Rye Kledal
16:30-16:45 Student Innovation Project on interactive education material on Aquaponics – Isak M Johannesson and Arnar Snædal
16:45-17:00 Summary – Prof. Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir
17:00-19:00 Demonstration of pilot units
Everyone is welcome. Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration fee: 5.000 ISK – coffee included.