Freshwater aquaculture CoP Hosting Aquaponics Webinar May 30

Freshwater Aquaculture July 30, 2013|Print


Aquaponics is quickly becoming a hot topic among commercial producers as a way to sustainably culture fish products along side horticulture crops. Aquaponics is also a hot topic for the public as more people create small backyard systems for educational, recreational and home production.

University experts provide current scientific information on freshwater aquaculture at A free webinar on May 30 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time is sponsored by the freshwater aquaculture group of eXtension. “Aquaponics: Paradigm Shift with Airlift” will be presented by Dr. Tetsuzan Benny Ron from the University of Hawai’i.

“With thoughtful design, appropriate maintenance, and effective management, airlift pumps may allow the transfer of water through an aquaponics system in a more efficient way than using water pumps. Understanding the disadvantages and learning how easy it is to construct an airlift pump can help many to reduce their energy cost while avoiding the high risk and maintenance resulted from having a submerged electrical pump in the fish tank,” Ron says.

The presentation will be one hour with an additional 30 minutes for questions and answers. Information about connecting to the webinar is at


Tetsuzan Benny Ron is a specialist in the Department of Human Nutrition Food and Animal Sciences, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. As the Aquaculture Program Coordinator of the University of Hawai’i, Ron has created website. AquacultureHub is a social network that allows everyone who has an interest in feeding the world via aquaculture to educate, learn, share and be engaged with other people who have similar interests. In addition, Dr. Ron received a NOAA grant that allowed the creation of the Aquaculture Training On-Line Learning (ATOLL) program.

About eXtension
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Writer: Lynette Spicer, eXtension,