In aquaponics, plants and fish grow together in one integrated system – without soil. Fish waste feeds the plants; plants filter water so fish thrive. The result is a continuous supply of fresh, organic food that can be grown in minimal space – anywhere – with almost no impact on the environment. Aquaponics is indoor “farming” in a greenhouse-type environment. With the right science, aquaponics is both economically and environmentally sustainable.
Aquaponics can be used to raise vegetables and fresh fish year-round by an individual family, to feed a village in a third-world country or as a profit-generating, commercial-farming enterprise.
As the fledgling aquaponics industry grows, the need for trained greenhouse-system managers has emerged. UW-Stevens Point has responded by becoming a leader in aquaponics education.