Almost everyone loves the taste of fresh fish, but it can be hard to come by in West Virginia, unless you fish on the regular yourself. Blue Acre Appalachian Aquaponics, located in Kermit, West Virginia, is ready to solve this problem. They are bringing fresh fish and vegetables to the region, as well as introducing new jobs and a new type of facility to the State.
Blue Acre is West Virginia’s first ever aquaponics facility. Aquaponics is a specific type of system in which fish and plants are able to be raised together, without any soil.
“Aquaponics is a food production system in which the waste produced by farmed fish supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purifies the water, producing healthy fish and vegetables for local and regional consumers,” Says Christian Williams, co-manager of Blue-Acre. “The fish produce ammonia, which is transformed by bacteria into nitrate. The nitrate is then soaked up by the roots of the plants that are placed in floating rafts.”
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