Plan For Aquaponics Farm On Smith’s Island

December 10, 2017

The Department of Planning recently approved plans to set up a “small scale aquaponics farm” on Smith’s Island in St George’s.

Aquaponics is a system that combines hydroponics [growing plants in water without soil] and aquaculture [fish farming] in a symbiotic environment.

The planning application, submitted by Uwe Lipfert and Dana Masters, proposed that the farm would include a 480 square foot shaded structure housing three 8ft by 8ft tanks for fish, along with 736 square feet of deep water culture troughs [growing beds] and a 1,152  square foot hoop house to protect vines and vertical crops using hydroponic measures.

Example of an aquaponics system in the United States: 

Aquaponics Chicago

Concerns, however, were raised about the legislative oversight of the aquaponic farms as the Agricultural Act 1930 does not include fish in the livestock covered.

However, technical officers said that the Agricultural Act 1930 was “out of date” noting that the regulations to regulate the fish aspect of the farming have not yet been drafted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and would require an amendment to the Agricultural Act.

The technical officers went on to recommend approving the application, which the Development Applications Board did, with the Development Applications Board Minutes including a note that “the applicant is advised to remain in contact with the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources to ensure compliance with any animal husbandry and/or aquaponic farming regulations that are introduced.”

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  1. Real Deal says:

    Well dont be like the hydro tomato guy up west that did not keep on top/reinvest in the tech then let power bill put him under when the rates changed

    good luck. I had a similar idea

  2. km marketing says:

    I am in the process of taking a course of Aquaponics and look forward to the legislation changing. ( fingers crossed) many homes should have a small aquaponics set up.