Aquaponics tips and economics

I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation on aquaponics since I dabble with it in my backyard (see link), and attended a conference on it in Hawaii.

I especially liked the part the speaker presented on finding the optimal pH requirements that accounts for needs of plants, fish and bacteria. They also present little rules-of-thumb for feeding, planting:fish ratios, and supplementation.

Watch the presentation here – Aquaponics: How to Do It Yourself

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Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist
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Learnings from the International Ornamental Fish Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

So here I am in Colombo, Sri Lanka, at the International Ornamental Fish Conference (see link).

 What have I learnt?

 

I learnt that the Sri Lankan government is more than fully supportive of its ornamental fish industry. Currently, Sri Lanka is the 6th largest exporter of ornamental fishes, having doubled its exports in the last 5 years, to take on a market share of 5%. Doesn’t sound like much, but this equates to a turnover of ~AUD$100M. By the year 2020, they’re focused on doubling it yet again!

How do I mean that they’re being backed by their government? Well, this conference was attended by the:

  • CEO of the Export Development Board,
  • Minister of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources,
  • State Minister of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources,
  • Minister for International Trade, and
  • Director of the Coastal Aquaculture Development (NAQDA)
  • >150 local delegates sponsored by the government of Sri Lanka

 

These government departments will be working together to achieve their national goal, will also help with financing up to 80% for start-ups, and will help with market access, by organising their presence at several international aquarium/pet conventions.

 

There was also very strong media presence, and they have organised through INFOFISH, the invitation of speakers from around the world to share their learnings and experiences. They’ve even employed translators for real-time translation for the talks we’re giving!

Head sets for the translation service. 

 

Why is the government and community so keen to support ornamental fish trade? It’s because there’s going to be huge socioeconomic gains to be had. It provides rural/remote communities an avenue for earning an income (in a term coined, “Trade not Aid”), allows women to gain employment locally (35,000 people employed in the line of ornamental fishes), has a relatively low start-up cost (~USD$2000), and there is expertise  locally to farm fish, and there is demand for the product (global demand is increasing by 14% each year). This is exciting times for ornamental fish producers in Sri Lanka. I can only wish our Australian government could view our industry in a similar manner.

 

This conference will cover aspects of fish health, conservation, trade trends, marketing opportunities, regulation, biosecurity and more.

 

Check out some of the sights I’ve taken in – see link.

 

Fish Vet Society Spring Conference – Registration Open.

Registration is now open for the Fish Vet Society’s annual Spring Conference being held at the Norton House Hotel, Edinburgh airport, on Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th March.  

The veterinarian in charge of organising this annual event, Matthijs Metselaar, commented – 

“Our Spring Conference has become a much needed and very welcome opportunity for fish health professionals to come together and review important topics in a convivial and professional atmosphere of knowledge share.  One of our key objectives is to encourage the brightest and best veterinarian students to enter our young industry and we are therefore sponsoring ten students to come and present to the Conference.”

He continued, “Not only do we have an impressive range of external presenters lined up, the Society has coordinated this year’s event with the Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA) and they are holding their Conference the following day in the same venue.”

Registration and further details can be found at www.fishvetsociety.org.uk and  www.lasa.co.uk 

Veterinary Medical and Pathology Services for ALL fishes.

You may be surprised to hear that many are still unaware that Veterinary Services are available for fishes. And even when I tell people that I’m a fish vet, they still ask (in disbelief) what it is that we do.

We come out, run tests to diagnose fish disease/s and administer appropriate treat/s.  We also offer Pathology Laboratory testing. Yes, for goldfish and koi, through to sharks and aquacultured species like barramundi, silver perch and abalone. 

Help spread the word that fishes now have real doctors who can help. 

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The Fish Vet WA is out-of-the-office (4 – 14 Feb. 2017).

To continue to provide the best possible service, I’ve been invited to deliver aquatic lectures at the International Ornamental Fish Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I hope to see you there!

Consequently, I will be unavailable until Tuesday 14th February.

I have organised my colleagues to cover for me while I am away. If you’d like to book an appointment, please send details via our contact-form at thefishvet.com.au

In the meantime, please check my blog for information on your topic at www.thefishvet.com

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Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist
THE FISH VET, AUSTRALIA – PERTH | SYDNEY | MELBOURNE | TOWNSVILLE | BRIBIE ISLAND

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Call for your help, with eyes on White spot disease in crustacea: AUSTRALIA-wide.

Have you seen any seafood with tell-tale unusual white spots?

The government is seeking our help to check on Australia’s status on white spot disease. If it’s here, we’d need to test and eradicate. If it’s not, then we continue to be one of the few countries free from this devastating disease.

If you see any “funny” looking lesions on any sort of shellfish (e.g. prawns, lobsters, yabbies, bugs, crabs, etc), immediately phone the 24 hour Dept of Fisheries FishWatch hotline on 1800 815 507 and provide the following information:

Your name, phone and home address.
The date, time and location of where the suspect prawns or other crustacean were seen, and photos/video.

See pictured, a case with signs resembling white spot disease that I found, and which thankfully returned NEGATIVE results for WSD.

Read more here –

http://www.outbreak.gov.au/current-responses-to-outbreaks/white-spot-disease


Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics& Pathobiology), CertAqV, NATA Signatory.

Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist.
PERTH | MELBOURNE | SYDNEY | TOWNSVILLE | BRIBIE ISLAND.
THE FISH VET – AUSTRALIA.

Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.

http://www.thefishvet.com.au

Ph: +61 421 822 383

What Pregnant Women and Parents Should Know about eating fish.

Is it safe to eat fish when pregnant? Or which ones are safer to consume in quantities?

Read more at –
http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm393070.htm


Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics& Pathobiology), CertAqV, NATA Signatory.

Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist.
PERTH | MELBOURNE | SYDNEY | TOWNSVILLE | BRIBIE ISLAND.
THE FISH VET – AUSTRALIA.

Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
http://www.thefishvet.com.au
Ph: +61 421 822 383