At Aquaponic Solutions we specialize in the commercial integrated production of fish and plants, known as aquaponics.
We are dedicated to providing the best services and information about aquaponics around the world. Our Director, Wilson Lennard (PhD), is an Australian scientist with a PhD in Applied Biology, with a thesis topic specialising in the optimisation of commercial aquaponics systems. Wilson also has over 13 years of experience in the aquaponics industry; a length of association with aquaponics that only a very few can claim. Therefore, you can be sure that you are getting the very best advice on aquaponics.
Commercial Aquaponic Design & Business Workshop
Aquaponic Solutions (Dr Wilson Lennard) is planning a 2-3 day workshop on commercial aquaponic system design and small business development strategies. The workshop is aimed at people who are interested in entering the small to medium scale, commercial aquaponics space.
Proposed date: May/June 2015.
Provisions: Lunch, morning and afternoon teas each day and a full workshop workbook (containing every slide presented in the workshop).
Topics covered will include:
Aquaponic system types (recirculating, recirculating de-coupled & non-recirculating de-coupled), aquaponic system sizing and calculations, aquaponic system design, fish component design, fish tank shape & size, filter types, choices & designs, filtration requirements, how to make your own filters, hydroponic component choices (deep flow, NFT, media), hydroponic component design and sizing, fish choices, plant choices, nutrient dynamics, greenhouses & protected cropping structures, system management, how to operate a system, system cycling, adding fish, adding plants, fish cyclical production, plant cyclical production, harvesting fish, harvesting plants, buffering regimes & approaches, ensuring plant nutrition, plant nutrient deficiencies, food safety, business & financial planning, financial modelling, business realities, what is a commercial business?, developing markets, servicing customers, post-production treatment (fish & plants), packaging & deliveries and much more.
Between 2006, whilst still completing a PhD in Applied Biology, with a major in commercial aquaponics, and 2009, Dr Lennard designed, constructed, started, technically managed and financially managed one of Australia's first commercial fish & plant sales businesses utilising the aquaponic technique, just outside of Melbourne, Victoria. This business provided Dr Lennard with a unique experience and perspective on the use of aquaponics as a technology in a small business context. Since that time, Dr Lennard has started an international consulting and training company and assisted several individuals and companies to design & start small-scale & commercial aquaponic enterprises. In addition, Dr Lennard has been teaching a highly successful commercial aquaponics design workshop, with Dr James Rakocy and Pentair Aquatic Ecosystems in Florida for over 4 years & has developed a full semester (13 weeks), full time (38 hrs/week) aquaponic course at the university level. He is known for his straight forward speaking style & practical & realistic opinions of the aquaponic industry. This is a chance to learn scientific & engineering based technical aquaponic design principals & approaches & experience pragmatic & realistic aquaponic-based business approaches; all within actual scientific & engineering contexts, & with practical & actual business application & experience.
If you think you would like to be part of the first Aquaponic Solutions, Commercial Aquaponic Design & Business Workshop, to be held in Melbourne, Australia, please inform us by writing to this email address
and concisely stating your interest to attend, your aquaponic-based business goals, aspirations & dreams, and your preferred workshop length (2 or 3 days).