Urban Aquaculture: Fish Farming in the City

sponsored choir friends at JetBlue good morning I'm Martin schribman I'm distinguished professor emeritus of biology here at Brooklyn College we have a two and a half million dollars state-of-the-art recirculating aquaculture system now what we're doing here is to perpetuate what we call sustainable responsible urban aquaculture fish farming in the city close to where the product can be consumed we have over fished our environment beyond beyond repair aquaculture products are third largest import after automobiles and fuel urban agriculture is just another way of addressing some of the other problems these are recirculating aquaculture system they're water reuse systems they're ecologically friendly the main parts of the system is something we call a mechanical filter solids are removed by the design of the system that is that biological filter will break down the ammonia to harmless nitrogen product these fish are producing as a waste product material that can be consumed by plants that are growing the same system have two crops to harvest the fish and also the class is really good the water is absolutely pristine even though we have hundreds and hundreds of fish rolling in a very limited area it's my belief in belief from my colleagues that consumers will pay more the product that they know is grown locally talk about food safety patrolling your product this is an issue growing fish close to the consumer stimulate economy you create jobs you provide food it's a no-brainer lady sometimes they have the vision of you know tilapia jumping out of windows and total apartment houses like soup like super fish


  1. Dan Murphy

    My first correction, we have not overfished our environment, we have not regulated it correctly worldwide. If you need 2 million dollars to build this $ 20,000 dollar system you are doing something very very wrong! Hybrid tilapia have already taken over, the judge is still out on if that is a good idea yet? does not help the economy much, just the growers. Not many jobs are created, fully tuned systems needs very little labor.  Sorry to vent, I just hate the way you peoples waste all that money and only work in your tight little circles while some of us are out here working in the real world.  Peace Out!

  2. Capriata Exports

    Awesome stuff, I have private island in the Bahamas would love to do this with Nassau Grouper and Snappers and farming
    does salt systems work with plants?  We also have Mud or Stone Crab…

  3. Nick Sherrington

    How did that system cost $2.5million? State of the art it is not. I truly believe in aquaculture, however, look at truly sustainable methods, Chinampas of Mexico, Veta la palma in Spain, the Rice/Duck/Fish systems of South-East Asia, Aqua/Agri-culture systems with Carp, or the Fishponds of Molokai. Greenfin Aquaponics on Vancouver Island has built a larger system than this for under $60k. Clean our waterways and provide suitable habitat, and there will be an over abundance of low intensity aquaculture opportunities.

  4. Dolson

    Hahaha He takes a bite, gags, spits it out then goes just kidding and eats it. Great great concept, I would love to see this in my town.

  5. dbk97

    At the rate we consume I think we'll still need ocean based farms but this should be an alternative to ease the burden, especially for landlocked areas away from the coast to get fresh fish and veggies.

  6. Blanchard Bros

    isn't this aquaponics fish create ammonia, ammonia breaks down to nitrite, nitrite (No2) get oxidized to Nitrate (No3) No3 fertilize plants doubles growth, plants clean water then it dumps back to fish tank? Great vid btw 😀 i liked

  7. nikosnature

    Interesting, this is great but how did it end up in a University and why are PhD's needed to run what hobbyists with no specialized degrees have been designing and operating for decades!  I smell money…grants. And Profs. like Martin Schreibman can have fun with something more interesting than Bonferroni transformations, bootstrapping and other uninspired pure science pursuits.

  8. Bo Ure

    Lost me at 1:20 when I realized it's going to be all pedantry do do do, do dittle dittle do, do do do do all the way through, when it could have been fun!

  9. Sorin Felea

    fuck of with yore projects, yout ry to feed people with wat? just pills////
    if you find a way to do acvaculture you find a good to poluate the water remains unpoluated. soo lisen the nature and the beez and do what they do


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