Aquaculture, also known as aqua farming, is the farming of aquatic organisms such as fish, crustaceans, mollusks and aquatic plants. Tilapia is one of the most important fish in aquaculture. Tilapias are also among the easiest and most profitable fish to farm. This is due to their diets and rapid growth. The University of the Virgin Islands focuses on cage culture of tilapia watershed ponds that had multiple uses for livestock watering and crop production.
I went to the farm store and I saw three tanks filled with water, as I looked into the tank I saw fishes which I later found out was tilapia. The Tank has hundreds of fish, it also has nets which were made to filter the water and remove the waste created by the fish. The nets are to be hand wash when it reaches to a point of being dirty. The filtered water goes through pipes to another tank which gives nutrients to the plants. The sludge from the waste is use to grow vegetables in the yard like tomatoes, honeydew, and beats. They grow different types of plants in the water like lemon grass, basil, red basil, and peppermint.
I also went inside this room with dead fish and bloody water. Donna was cleaning fish, the room smelled really badly and I think they should create vents which would help change the smell. The farm store is just the little part of the whole aquaculture. On the other side of the farm it has large tanks which hold about eight-thousand tilapia. They also have large tanks where the filtered water supplies the plants and they are selling the fish and crops to the locals in the U.S.V.I.
The farm store really thought me a lot of how to help the economy. The University of the Virgin Islands focuses on cage culture of tilapia watershed ponds that had multiple uses for livestock watering and crop production. In the late future U.V.I will expand their production and will be a place that achieves success.
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