Wednesday, August 5, 2015

05/08/2015: Mote growing sea veggies at Aquaculture Park

Kevan Main talks about the edible sea purslane grown by aquaponics in a greenhouse at the Mote Aquaculture Research Park in Sarasota, USA. 

The saltwater plants are fertilized by waste from the facility's fish. The Mote Aquaculture Park uses aquaponics to grow sea vegetables — sea purslane and saltwort — and red drum, a saltwater fish species.

The marine aquaponics project uses a closed-loop recirculating system that allows Mote scientists to raise saltwater fish while recycling 100 percent of the water. Dr Kevan Main, manager of the Marine and Freshwater Aquaculture Research Program, launched the project in autumn 2014. 

The saltwater plants are fertilized by waste from the facility's fish

The goal is to bring crops to the community and educate people about the importance of locally produced food. The crops are being sold to restaurants from Sarasota to Tampa, and the edible sea vegetables are plated in local restaurants and sold at the Sarasota Farmers Market. As of July 2015, the program has raised about 350 fish and is producing about 160 quarter-pound bunches of sea purslane a month.

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