Backyard Fish Farming

Backyard fish farming is a lot like vegetable gardening. Feed family and friends year-round from a sustainable source of food.


| April/May 2006



Tilapia

Tilapia tastes great and is one of the easiest fish to raise in a backyard fish farm.


ILLUSTRATION: JOSEPH R. TOMELLERI

Using inexpensive and readily available materials such as an aboveground swimming pool you can get fresh fish from your back yard. “By raising your own fish, you can achieve a higher level of self-sufficiency and provide a healthier diet for your family,” says Steven Van Gorder, author of Small-Scale Aquaculture. “Backyard fish farming is as practical as gardening for producing food for the family.”

Van Gorders book explains backyard aquaculture in detail, with plans and step-by-step instructions that can help you successfully raise fish even if your only source of water is a garden hose.

Puanani Burgess, executive director of the Waianae Coast Community Alternative Development Corp. in Waianae, Hawaii, says the methods “look so simple that everyone thinks, ‘Hey, I can do it.’” Fourteen years ago, Burgess’ group formed a micro-aquaculture cooperative, which hundreds of islanders have participated in over the years.

“It is really ideal for small, rural communities like ours,” Burgess says.

Historically, aquaculture has something of a bad reputation because it has been limited to large commercial facilities that require significant amounts of water and energy, and thus can be major sources of pollution. In contrast, Van Gorders systems blend 4,000-year-old cultural practices with refined modern techniques — using minimal energy and water — and put you in control of the purity and healthfulness of this food source. (For healthy and sustainable choices when you do buy seafood, see The Health Benefits of Eating Fish. — MOTHER EARTH NEWS)

There are several similarities between gardening and fish farming: Both plants and fish need food and warmth; just as certain plants favor different seasons, there are cold-hardy fish and heat-loving fish; and both sorts of “gardens” require regular maintenance — you can’t just scatter a handful of seeds or sprinkle a few fingerlings in a pond, then expect to harvest anything edible in a few months.

dvmallory
12/13/2016 9:34:00 AM

I don't know why this didn't cross my mind sooner. Got to thinking about it last night. Would love to hear any success stories of small scale projects.


yawar
1/19/2016 1:21:54 AM

http://www.naqua.com.sa National Aquaculture Group (NAQUA) is one of the largest aquaculture operation of its type in the world and offers you the opportunity to enjoy products grown in our farms strategically located by the coast of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia.


txfshrmn
1/5/2015 5:07:27 PM

I am planning on raising crayfish , prawns ,and catfish for export this year. Two years of research has been done here . All comments welcome . T. Y. Chuck


yawar
7/20/2014 3:51:59 AM

Red Sea Barramundi is a Premium Quality Product coming from the pristine Red Sea waters (high salinity and oxygen). http://www.naqua.com.sa/Barramundi.php


sherri_10
9/15/2009 5:26:59 PM

I HAVE A LARGE INDOOR FISH HATCHERY- WE ARE GOING TO START A HATCHERY.............WOULD LOVE INFO. OR A PHONE CALL ! SMILE SO FAR IT LOOKS LIKE THE BEST TO GO WITH IS GUPPIES AND TILAPIA .........WOULD LOVE A PROFESSIONALS INPUT. SHERRI EMAIL ME AT WESTERNLACE2008@YAHOO.COM


solomon_2
11/8/2008 2:43:17 PM

I would like to know what type of feeding is good for Tilapia farming. My sister and I are planning to start a tilapia farming Ghana. What I really want to know is the kind of food that is good for tilapia farming. I will be delighted to get some answers. Thanks


dapo
9/1/2008 10:07:23 AM

I'm interested in setting up a fish farm on a parcel of land about 800yards from the atlantic ocean back in Lagos, Nigeria. What kind of set up and specie of fish will you recommend and other advice or tips on how to get started. Thanks Dapo.


ben_13
12/18/2007 11:37:56 AM

Hi I was wondering how much money do you make selling fish like trout or Bass? Who buys allot of fish at a time? Fish and game peoples? Tanks for the fish would it be alright if it was concert. Thanks for your time


bryan_8
11/18/2007 11:26:07 PM

hi, I am wondering how hard it is for someone who doesn't know anything about raising fish to start raising tilapia in an 8ft deep swimming pool? thanks, Bryan






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