We are developing a new aquaponics certification program that will highlight and support aquaponics producers who are committed to high ecological standards. We need your input to help ensure our standards are reasonable and rigorous. Review the draft standards here.
We’ve received some excellent feedback so far, but there is only one week left to comment. We want to hear from everyone interested in giving input, so please share your feedback if you haven't already done so. The deadline to comment is Monday, October 12 at midnight.
Are the standards a good fit for aquaponics producers committed to ecological methods? How can we improve the standards? We're especially looking for feedback on some specific areas, such as...
- System Design and Components (Section 1): Aquaponic production systems come in all shapes and sizes. We want to make sure the standards are flexible enough to include the full range system configurations, AND specific enough so that it is clear to producers and inspectors how to meet the standards. Do you have suggestions for how to balance flexibility and specificity in our standards? (Link to survey)
- Should a separate degassing tank be required?
- Should we require a minimum water exchange rate?
Should we require a minimum dissolved oxygen level (e.g. 5ppm)?
- Re-using IBC totes as tanks (Section 2): IBC totes are used to transport all sorts of liquid and granular products – some food grade, some not. We love the idea of keeping IBC totes out of landfills by giving them a new useful life, though our first priority is ensuring a safe environment for growing fish and veggies. Should re-used IBC totes be allowed when producers are able to confirm that the tote had previously been used only for food grade products? (Link to survey)
- How might producers provide verification of the source of their totes?
- Can you anticipate issues with reliably providing verification?
- How might we overcome these issues?
- Compost, vermicompost, and soil (Section 2): For some producers, aquaponics inherently means no soil is used. Meanwhile, some producers like to start their seeds in soil or use compost to supplement heavy feeding plants. What do you think about including compost, vermicompost, or soil? (Link to survey)
Are these topics not really your passion? That’s okay! We invite your feedback on all aspects of the draft standards. Whether you’re an aquaponics producer, a soil-based farmer, or just someone who cares about how your food is grown, we want to hear from you! Review the draft CNG Aquaponics Standards here.