In the center greenhouse
bay, adjacent to the hydroponic tomatoes, is the aquaponic production
area. Four, 1200 gallon tanks
will provide habitat for commercially viable fish which might include
bass, carp, sturgeon and koi. This
fish culture system is directly connected to the plant growing tanks in
which lettuce and herbs are grown on floating rafts.
This design is based on the commercially viable system developed by Dr,
James Rakocy and his fellow researchers at the University of the Virgin
Islands. This unit has the potential to produce nearly
2500 pounds of fish per year. Additionally,
50-60 thousand heads of lettuce per year will be grown using the fish
effluent in the float system.