NANFA-L-- conservation and fish farming

Bruce Lilyea (
Sun, 7 May 2006 12:57:23 -0400

Sustainable development and poverty reduction have long been areas of reading
and personal research for me. A purported facet of poverty reduction is
teaching people how to provide food for themselves and their community. One
of the approaches that has had some success is aquaponics which generates
growth in fish and vegetables more rapidly than traditional means. One of the
benefits to using Tilapia in this farming approach is their hardiness.
Unfortunately that same hardiness is the reason that so many conservationists
are concerned about this species and consider them invasive and undesirable.
Both of these views have high levels of merit. I am interested in hearing
some other perspectives on this apparent dilemma.

Bruce Lilyea
Lakeland, FL
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