Fiji Aquaculture – Aquaponics and Integrated Agriculture

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One of the five ponds layed out in integration with poultry and vegetable production plots.

Ecologists Without Borders (EcoWB) implemented the Homes of Hope Aquaculture and Aquaponics facility project, a program of Homes of Hope. In the fall of 2013, EcoWB members joined another charitable group to design and build five fish ponds, consult on aquaponics technology and initiate management planning for an integrated agricultral system.   

EcoWB has worked for several years to develop the foundations of the project. Upon arrival in Suva, Fiji, EcoWB consulted with Fijjian government and international technologists to gain an understanding of the in-country support and feasibility of project development.  Homes of Hope has been developing the property for seveal years to create opportunities of food production and sustainable land management to integrate with other skills and trade training. 

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Meeting with Fijiian regional fisheries officer and Hope Fiji farm manager to initiate aquaculture farm planning

Primarily through an ENVIRON Foundation grant award, individual donors and many volunteer hours, Ecologists Without Borders provides expert aquacultural technology, site engineering, management and biology training, to create a regional inland fish production center. Women in the program will learn sustainable aquaculture techniques and innovative agricultural production techniques to create small businesses. The vision is to establish them back into communities where they can take this experience and create their own livelihoods.

Meeting with regional technologists to discuss the promise and challeges of aquaponics in the region.

Meeting with regional technologists to discuss the promise and challeges of aquaponics in the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although marine fishery catch is available, we learned that the pricing and regular availability make protein sources such as this difficult for large portions of the population to attain  in interior regions and villages.  Many artesanal reef fisheries are threatened globally by international fisheries and changes in coral reef fish productivity are also affecting harvests. Aquaculture is one alternative to give some reprieve to these stocks that need recovery. Live tilapia is a desireable commodity in local fish markets.

EcoWB will return with partners in early 2014 to continue development of the aquacultural and agricultural development plan.

Pond site selection and soil profile characteristic are important primary steps in pond development

Pond site selection and soil profile characteristic are important primary steps in pond development

Although reef fisheries still provide for the market, some global evidence indicates targeting lower age classes whic can affect long-term sustainability.

Although reef fisheries still provide for the market, some global evidence indicates catch shifts to lower age classes which can affect long-term sustainability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sponsors

Sponsors and donor support are critical support for EcoWB projects.

 

Homes of Hope was founded in 1996 to stop the cycles of poverty and destruction of families throughout the South Pacific. A group of local business men and women in Suva, Fiji incorporated this registered charity non-government organization to bring hope to those hurt by these cycles. Since its inception, Homes of Hope has transformed the lives of single mothers and their children, strengthened families, and inspired the local community. Through a powerful combination of programs, Homes of Hope is providing vocational and academic training, instilling responsibility into the lives of parents, and the spiritually mentoring of young couples as well as the young single mothers who reside at the Homes of Hope in Suva. 

 

Planning with regional consistency in managment and proper environmental impact assessent is a key part of long term sustainability.

Planning with consideration for regional consistency in managment and proper environmental impact assessent is a key part of long-term sustainability.

Use of happa nets for finerling control will be part of the plan.

Use of happa nets for fingerling control will be part of the plan.

Farm plans contribute to the welfare of all campus residents!

Farm plans contribute to the welfare of all campus residents!

The Homes of Hope site contains soil with a very high clay content that is suitable for retaining water.

The Homes of Hope site contains soil with a very high clay content that is suitable for retaining water. Here a pond is located below a poultry facility in which nutrients will be diverted to the ponds to create algal blooms in the pond for the tilapia.