What are some resources for designing an aquaculture system?

G.C.WashingtonAnswer: Thank you for your recent request for information from ATTRA, the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. I am pleased to provide you with technical information resources on aquaculture methodologies and system specific design.NCAT does not have the expertise to plan and design aquaculture systems, but we do have contacts and resources on some of the most cutting edge systems. The following is a list of organizations and publications that offer detailed information on systems as well as design concepts and plans. I recommend a look at these to assist you in designing an appropriate aquaculture system.Southern Regional Aquaculture CenterDelta Research and Extension CenterMississippi State University127 Experiment Station RoadP.O. Box 197Stoneville, Mississippi 38776Phone: 662-686-3285 Recirculating Aquaculture and Aquaponic Systems publicationshttp://srac.tamu.edu/index.cfm?catid=24The SRAC offers the following publications as free PDF downloads:SRAC 0451 Recirculating Aquaculture Tank Production Systems: An Overview of Critical ConsiderationsSRAC 0452 Recirculating Aquaculture Tank Production Systems: Management of Recirculating SystemsSRAC 0453 Recirculating Aquaculture Tank Production Systems: Component OptionsSRAC 0454 Recirculating Aquaculture Tank Production Systems: Aquaponics Integrating Fish and Plant CultureSRAC 0456 The Economics of Recirculating Tank Systems: A Spreadsheet for Individual AnalysisSRAC 4500 Partitioned Aquaculture SystemsALabama Education in aquatic sciences, Aquaculture, Recreational fisheries and Natural resource conservation (ALEARN)http://www.aces.edu/dept/fisheries/Provides a highly informative, single point, user friendly information source for commercial growers and those with commercial aquabusiness interests. Includes a number subject areas useful to owners and managers of aquatic enterprises, including but not limited to:SpeciesAquaculture Economics/StatisticsPermits and RegulationsBest Management PracticesArea, Volume, Weight and Treatment CalculatorsFish Health and TreatmentsWater Quality ManagementPond Design & ConstructionCagesWater Reuse SystemsAquaculture Network Information Centerhttp://www.aquanic.org/Extensive resource links to information on species, systems, and management, including tools and publications for designing aquaculture systems.Growing Powerhttp://www.growingpower.org/http://www.growingpower.org/training_centers.htmProvides technical training opportunities on intensive aquaculture and aquaponic production at regional training centers around the country.Sweet Water Organics http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/Sweet Water Organics will be the first major commercial upgrading of MacArthur genius Will Allen’s aquaculture methodologies, i.e. a three-tiered, aquaponic, bio-intensive fish-vegetable garden. Sweet Water will be the anchor project in the transformation of a massive industrial building in an “industrial slum” into a show-case of the potential of living technologies and high-value added urban agriculture. Sweet Water’s sustainable aquaculture system harvests urban waste streams, e.g. wood chips, cardboard, veggie residues, coffee grounds, and brewers mash, along vermiculture lines, yielding the richest possible soil. This soil in hundreds of potted plants on the simulated wetland tiers is key to the transformation of fish wastes into natural nitrate for plant growth and water filtration.