Lives in Cork, Ireland
, Researcher at UCC
Maraponics - sustainable production of marine produce
What is Maraponics?
To understand Maraponics, we first need to explain a few concepts:
1) Hydroponics is a well-established concept for producing plants in a soilless, organically enriched aquatic medium.
2) Aquaculture – sometimes called mariculture when in the sea – is the production of fish, invertebrates (e.g. mussels) and plants (e.g. seaweeds) in aquatic systems and by a variety of production methods. Typically these different types of organisms are grown separately.
3) Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) is a concept where different species are grown together in such a way that the invertebrates and/or plants can recycle the nutrients that are lost from the culture of the other species.
Maraponics (MARine AquaPONICS) merges the principles of hydroponics and IMTA
Global aquaculture is the fastest growing sector of the food industry with a growth rate of 8.8% per annum since 1970. It is estimated that approximately 70 million tonnes of seafood will be required from aquaculture by 2020 to meet the demand of an increasing global population . By and large, current aquaculture practices do not use technologies that are economically and environmentally sustainable.
Our aim is to research more sustainable methods of farming fish and producing other marine products. We also want to promote maraponics as a "back-garden" /DIY option for people to produce their own marine produce.