Mullet and Salicornia combine well in aquaponics trial

Researchers in Spain claim that growing Salicornia and grey mullet together in an aquaponics system has considerable potential.

The trial was carried out by the Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA) at its center in Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Spain, as part of the EU-funded New Technologies, Tools and Strategies for a Sustainable, Resilient and Innovative European Aquaculture (NewTechAqua) project.

The system was initially tested with lettuce instead of Salicornia. “In January 2021, in less than three months, we harvested 90 kg of lettuce. After ensuring the system’s smooth operation, in the second phase, we have already grown Salicornia, of which we harvested 250 kg on 18 m2,” observed IRTA aquaculture program head Dr. Enric Gisbert. “This proves that mullet is a good choice of fish to have an efficient aquaponics model.”

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