The main objective of AQUAPONICS NOMA (Nordic Marine) was to establish innovation networks on co-production of plants and fish (aquaponics), and thereby improve Nordic competitiveness in the marine & food sector. To achieve this, aquaponics production units were established in Iceland, Norway and Denmark, adapted to the local needs and regulations.
Experiments were performed to investigate suitable fish and crop species for Nordicaquaponics in terms of growth, quality, effluents, temperature and nutrient balances. Further efforts have been made to optimize management practices and technologies in aquaponics, e.g. treatment of wastewater and solid wastes to protect the environment from pollution and pathogens. The project has designed commercial scale aquaponics production models for the Nordic region, and investigated consumer market potentials including the possibility for Ecolabeling.The study has demonstrated that aquaponics may be a viable component in Nordic food production, both at small scale (urban aquaponics) and in large scale combinations of agri- and aquaculture. The results have been and will be disseminated to the public and to the scientific community.
This report provides an analysis and evaluation of the current state and the future possibilities of Nordic aquaponics, as a new way to produce food locally and sustainable. The analysis includes an economic and technical analysis as well as system design, selection of suitable plant- and fish species, investigations on plant to fish ratios, documentation of growth of fish and plants. The results show that it is a possible to develop aquaponics systems suited for Nordic conditions. In order to fulfil requirements in national legislations or the companies’ strategies, different system designs were used in the different countries. The report finds the prospects of Nordic aquaponics positive as a new way to produce healthy vegetables and fish locally by using fish wastewater as a nutrient supplier.