California Aquaculture Association

19th Annual Short Course, Engineering Design of Recirculating Aquaculture (RAS), Hydroponic, and Aquaponic Systems – July 15-19, 2013

19th Annual Short Course July 15-19, 2013

Engineering Design of Recirculating Aquaculture (RAS),

Hydroponic, and Aquaponic Systems



Course description:

The first three days of this course (Monday-Wednesday) reviews the basic engineering principals behind a successful recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) design.  The objective of this section is to provide sufficient information so that the participant will be able to design, construct, and manage their own RAS system.  On the fourth day (Thursday), the fundamentals of growing plants using current state-of-the-art hydroponic techniques will be presented along with the design and management of these systems.  On Friday, Aquaponics as a combination of aquaculture (fish) and hydroponics (plants) will be covered and several design options explored. Basic principles of business management for the small family farm will also be reviewed by guest speaker Michael Finnegan, CEO Continental Organics LLC.

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

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.

In addition, a FARM TOUR will be made to Continental Organics Inc. (2 acres of hydroponics and a 100,000 lb./year tilapia system); see  for farm details (within 10 minutes of educational venue).

Location: Mount Saint Mary College

330 Powell Ave., Newburgh, NY  12550



Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Dr. Michael B. Timmons: Aquaculture & Business Management

Dr. Melissa Brechner: Hydroponics

Aquaculture Systems Technologies, New Orleans, LA

Dr. James M. Ebeling: Aquaculture/Aquaponics



Limited Enrollment, Tuition $1000 plus housing ($18/night single)

Register by June 30, 2013

Text for Course: “Recirculating Aquaculture” by Timmons and Ebeling, included in course packet.


For more information

Dr. Michael B. Timmons,  or

607-255-1630; 607.227.5638 cell

Mary Cornell,  or  607-255-8596