The New Zealand Government have got behind a $250,000 aid project and have built a trial aquaponics system on the Cook island of Rarotonga , located in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean.
Many of the Islanders have limited access to fresh water and lacked suitable soil for producing food. Given that a lot of fresh vegetables are flown in from New Zealand making them very expensive, it seemed aquaponics was the better way to go.
The project is housed in a 200 square metre shed at the Titikaveka Growers Association premises, where tilapia fish will be fed high-protein nutrients.
The trial system has been a big hit with the locals who were surprised to see how quickly the vegetables grew on fish waste.
If successful the scheme may be rolled out throughout other pacific islands./source