Course description:

This three day course (Tuesday-Thursday) reviews the basic engineering principals behind a successful recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) design. The objective of this course is to provide sufficient information so that the participant will be able to design, construct, and manage their own RAS system. We also cover the basic fundamentals of growing plants using current state-of-the-art hydroponic (plant only) and aquaponic (fish + plants) techniques and cover the design and management of these systems. Several design options will be explored. Basic principles of business management and securing investment capital for the small family farm will also be reviewed.


A “distance” learning opportunity for aquaculture only is also offered (see distance course for details).


In addition, a SITE TOUR will be made to the Ocean Clusters at the University of New England’s Marine Science Center


At the conclusion of the workshop, individuals will have the essential information necessary to design their own systems and have a fundamental knowledge of the principles influencing the numerous design options.



Dr. Michael Timmons Cornell University, Biological & Environmental Engineering, 302 Riley-Robb Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853; Phone: (607) 255-1630 Fax: (607) 255-4449

Dr. James Ebeling Aquaculture Systems Technologies, 108 Industrial Ave. New Orleans, LA 70121; Phone: (800) (939)-3659 Fax: (504) 837-5585

Course coordinators:

Deborah Higgins, Cornell University, Cornell University, Biological & Environmental Engineering, 312 Riley Robb Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, Phone: (607) 255-4876, Fax: (607) 255-4449

Dr. Michael Timmons, Cornell University, Biological & Environmental Engineering, 302 Riley Robb Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853; Phone: (607-227-5638)

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