Aquaponics is fairly new in respect of common application. The practice of using fish and plants together while recycling water has been done since the Aztecs around 1000 AD. Aquaculture (raising fish) and Hydroponics (growing plants in water), are relatively new industries, gaining serious momentum during the past 50 years. Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) is even more recent as a viable technology for food production.
Research & Development

Early on in research of RAS, experiments were carried out to determine how efficient aquatic plants were at filtering and consuming the nutrients in waste water from aquaculture farms. This research tested also terrestrial plants and these proved to be an effective method for water purification.


True scientific aquaponics research began in the 1970's and is continuing with many universities across the world refining technologies to improve output. In particular, Dr. James Rakocy of the University of the Virgin Islands has been working to refine aquaponic systems over the past 50 years.


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