UVI Aquaponics Workshop

Workshop Dates Maximum Participants Number Registered Percent (%)
February 4 - 6 , 2015 25 21 84
March 18 - 20, 2015 25 10 40
April 15 - 17, 2015 25 17 68
May 27 - 29, 2015 25 25 100

No additional workshops will be held in 2015. In the Summer and Fall we focus on research; testing new ideas, gathering data and creating reports on our findings, which will be presented in the 2016 workshops.

Registration - You can add your name to the contact list. and receive an announcement of next year's workshop dates. Registration for 2016 workshops will begin on October 1, 2015.

Program - 3-day course that will provide in-depth knowledge of the principles and practical application of the aquaponic system that has been developed at the University of the Virgin Islands. Participants will be introduced to the system design that maintains water quality by hydroponic plant culture (aquaponics), Fish production instruction will be conducted using both the Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and red tilapia. Hydroponic plant production will focus on vegetables, culinary herbs and ornamental flowers.

Instruction - Each day will include a half-day of classroom lecture and a half-day of hands-on field work. Participants will learn the technology through presentation of the theory and practical skill development. Each student will be given a USB Flash Drive of reference materials and course content. Water quality labs will cover the methods of analysis and the use of water quality test kits. Field work will include training in fish handling, vegetable production and system operation.

Fee - Registration is required.  The course fee is $800.  Your registration will be confirmed by email upon receipt of payment.  The number of participants is limited and early registration is recommended.  The course fee does not include transportation to St. Croix, lodging, meals or local transportation.

Facilities - UVI is located in the heart of beautiful St. Croix. The Aquaculture Program operates fifteen research-scale systems (six aquaponic and nine biofloc) as well as commercial-scale aquaponic and biofloc systems, a fry sex-reversal system, a recirculating system for fingerling rearing and a purge system. The program annually produces about 20,000 lbs. of tilapia and a variety of vegetables.

General and Travel Information - Follow the link for additional information about the workshop and resources for travel and lodging.

Topics

Aquaponic system

  •  System design and management
  • Components
  • Construction techniques

Operation

  • Water quality 
  •  Fish production
  • Stocking rates 
  • Feeding, growth and survival
  • Harvesting and processing

Plant production

  • Seedling production
  • Disease and insect control
  •  Harvesting and packaging

Economics

  •  Capital budgeting
  • Operations plan
  • Marketing

Fingerling production

  •  Brood stock management
  •  Breeding/Fry sex reversal