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Alberta Aquaponics - We Will Grow On You!

Calgary Land Use Bylaws may be new cost for aquaponics.

 

The City of Calgary is reviewing the planning and development rules for growing, processing, and distributing food.

As a result of this they have put out a new survey asking for input.

A direct topic on this survey is that of aquaponics and applied legislation, permitting and licensing

What this means is that Aquaponics is now facing more legislation at the municipal levels directly with these new amendments. I strongly suggest that if you dont want aquaponics outlawed in Calgary or have another permit implemented for it in the near future, you make your opinions known on the documents.

Here is the link: Calgary Land Use Bylaws Page

Licensing Information

The Alberta Government ESRD has sent out the application for the fish license and the report for this year. As a result, I am now getting a ton of questions being sent to me ranging from “What happened to the recreational license for Tilapia” to “What happened to Koi being on the list” to “Barramundi are now on the list, so does that mean we can have them and where can I get them”?

I have been on the phone most of the morning attempting to track down the information without much success. So far I have been in contact with Janice Wilson, Jeff Presley, Dan Watson and have left a voice mail for Jim Wagner to contact me back.

So far I have been able to confirm that Koi have been taken off the list for a “Class B”, but nobody knows what that actually means or if they have been reclassed.

I have also confirmed that Barramundi are still not available in Alberta and that the Lethbridge holding facility and testing grounds of the ACE are still in an approval process with the ESRD.

I have also gotten confirmation that there is an increase in security issues involving aquaponics that is being implemented this year with the requirement for predation protection for the aquaponic system.

I asked the question of why we need to have protection for aquaponics but people with a stocked back yard pond require no such feature. This was met with “talk to Jim Wagner about that”.

I have hopes that I will be in contact with Jim Wagner before Sunday’s Face to Face Meet Up and will be able to answer some of the questions everyone has then.

Remembering Jesse Hull

The Aquaponic community has been struck a mighty blow today with the word of the passing of Jesse Hull.

Jesse Hull along with his friend Molly Stanek worked very hard on creating aquaponic educational spaces in schools and public areas all over the USA and was an active part of the Aquaponic Association at its pinnacle.

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Sadly, I only got to know Jesse via phone calls and the internet and never had the privilege to share that beer together in person we talked about so often. Even without meeting him in person, Jesse was an inspiration, sounding board, voice of reason and role model for me and someone that I will truly miss.

“Be happy, as soon and as often as you can be” – Jesse

Website Transplanted.

I am happy to say that we now have the website moved over to the new server.

Although the move has taken place, we still have a lot to fix and resolve out over the next little while.

Some of the link, images and other functions are not all working as of yet with the migration. We are working on these as we find them and attempting to get them resolved out.

If you notice anything that is broken that we may have missed, please let us know so that we can get it resolved.

Thank you for hanging in there with us as we did the move!

First Face to Face Meetup of 2016!

Just a reminder of the Face to face meetup this Sunday!

The New Year is here and it is almost (ok who am I kidding it is) planing and planting season! Lets get together and start talking the dream and see what is on everyones plate for this upcoming year!

Check out the Face to Face Meet up link for location, time and even a map!

Cant wait to see everyone for the first time this year!

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