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AG 170: Introduction to Aquaponics (4 credits)

Course Description

The course covers aquaculture, hydroponics, aquaponics, sustainable aquatic feed production, renewable local seeding technologies and micronutrient supplementation, fish and plant physiology, renewable energy systems, water catchment and conservation techniques, and best aquaponic food safety practices. The basic physical and biological principles governing sustainable farm and agribusiness operations are emphasized. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory)

Recommended Preparation: AG 120 and IS 201.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Design and construct a basic aquaponic system that uses all three growout technologies (nutrient film technique, ebb and flow, and floating raft) either alone or in combination.
  • Apply best aquaculture practices for culturing fishes in an aquaponic setting.
  • Identify the water quality parameters and manage them in order to maximize fish, plant and microbial outputs in an aquaponic setting.
  • Use best agricultural practices for plant crop production in an aquaponic setting. Prepare seedlings for planting, harvest produce, stagger production of both plant and fish, and apply food safety procedures.

Degrees and Certificates

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Classes Offered

  • Fall 2019 - MW, 9:15am to 12:00pm, Hale ʻImiloa 106, Bradley Fox - CRN: 62256
  • Fall 2018 - TR, 5:00pm to 7:45pm, Hale ʻImiloa 117, Bradley Fox - CRN: 64375 - view syllabus
  • Spring 2017 - TR, 5:30pm to 8:15pm, Hale ʻImiloa 117, L Young - CRN: 64324 - view syllabus
  • Spring 2014 - MW, 11:30am to 12:45pm, Hale Uluwehi , F Mencher - CRN: 60612
  • Spring 2013 - MW, 11:00am to 12:45pm, Hale Uluwehi , F Mencher - CRN: 62459 - view syllabus