issue 5
Monday, 06 July 2020
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Chris Harvey has been driving up from Alice Springs to study a Certificate II Aquaculture
Chris Harvey has been driving up from Alice Springs to study a Certificate II Aquaculture

Passion drives aquaculture enthusiast

By Carl Pfeiffer

Alice Springs might not be a location usually associated with aquaculture, but that hasn’t stopped Chris Harvey from making the 1497km drive from the Red Centre to the Top End to study a Certificate II Aquaculture, with the aim of putting his new skills into practice back home.

With an interest in aquaponics, Chris admits his new-found passion is a little unorthodox for a Central Australian resident due to the region’s distinct lack of water.

“Aquaponics is obviously an unusual hobby to have in Alice Springs,” he said. “But there’s nothing that we have been taught so far that’s not transferable down in Alice.

“You might work on barramundi up in Darwin and work on a cold freshwater fish down in Alice but the processes are still the same.”
 
Aquaponics is the process by which aquaculture and hydroponics are combined. Plants are fed on the aquatic animals’ discharge or waste and in return the vegetables clean the water.

Chris said he had a long-term vision of establishing a substantial aquaponics setup at his home in Central Australia.

“In Alice we need to get into more things like aquaponics given we have a limited aquafer for water,” he said.

“I want to set up my own system at my home, an aquaponics system that keeps us fed in vegetables or at least significantly supplements what we grow.

“We’ve got quite a big garden in Alice and aquaponics might lead us to be self-sufficient.”