Network meeting "African catfish in RAS"
On June 14th, 2017, more than 20 producers and representatives from science, economy and politics met for the first time since Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) for African Catfish exist in Germany to exchange experiences on this particular fish species in Sukow near Schwerin. Three presentations were held to the topics of plant engineering, feeding, aquaponics and rearing of plants in fish process water with the speakers Dr. Günther Scheibe of PAL, Dr. Florian Nagel from Aller Aqua Research and Prof. Dr. Harry Palm from the University of Rostock.
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Aquaponics in Vienna
From December 2016 until April 2017 PAL Plant construction established 3 Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) for fish production and rearing at the company Blün GmbH, a vegetable producer in Vienna. The different systems consist of a warm water recirculating system for production of 6t African Catfish in a 40 feet container (PAL SPEZIAL), a system for 5t Tilapia and a rearing system for 12.000 Tilapia fingerlings per year. The aim of Vienna´s aquaponics is regional food production in the urban area. Sustainable technology is used to connect the fish and the vegetable production systems. Nutrient rich fish water from the RAS is used for fertilizing and watering the vegetable plants. Fresh Vienna vegetables and fresh Vienna fish products are available every Thursday and Friday at site from 9am until 17pm.
PAL offers attractive solutions for Catfish production
The team of the “fish people” by PAL Plant construction answered all visitor´s questions about the Catfish production for 4 days. Overwhelming numbers of visitors and a huge professional interest. Our philosophy, to look at the complete production process from providing fingerlings up to the final product at the counter, convinced the guests. Offers for complete solutions, e.g. 180kg Catfish filet per week = 24t raw fish per year, are very attractive for farmers, which are looking for another business field. The fish container “PAL Spezial” as an entry model for a catfish production of 6t/a with “plug & play” system led to first purchase requests.
The eye catcher on the stand was a INAPRO – Aquaponic – model, demonstration example for future solutions of combined fish and vegetable production.
These many requests and discussions confirmed that we offer a contribution to future fish production with our solutions. We are looking forward to the upcoming work.
PAL Plant construction displays „Urban Aquaponic-models“
One of the goals within INAPRO project are solution approaches for “Urban Systems” besides the practical feasibility of Aquaponics systems.
At a ground area of 20m² assemblers of PAL Plant construction set up a small Aquponics system which were displayed at the “Hortivation” (small sister exhibition of the world's leading trade fair IPM ESSEN) in Kalkar from 12th – 14th June and since the 1st July 2016 at the DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum in Berlin.
Kalkar: „Our exhibitors are reporting intensive and high-quality discussions with the trade visitors to us.“ summarises Oliver P. Kuhrt, CEO of Messe Essen. This innovative combination of fish and plant production was the number one eye catcher at the sector „Urban Gardening“.
Berlin: „HUMAN FACTOR-Endless Prototyping“- under this headline artists, engineers, technologists and scientists display solutions in the form of prototypes which deal with current challenges of the digital era. Central topic is the factor “human” between art and science.
The first visitor´s reactions towards our model (designed in coorperation with Ms. Wenke Förster, IGB) showed that we find great interest in sustainable food production.