Updated 06/07/2013

The NSW Aquaculture Association, in collaboration with NSW Fisheries and sponored by Pentair Aquatic Ecosystems are holding a two day Recirculating Aquaculture and Aquaponic Short course in Newcastle NSW on the 21th and 22nd of September 2013.

Please follow this link to purchase tickets and secure your seat.

We will be covering a range of topics suitable to anyone wanting to learn more about designing and operating recirculating aquaculture or aquaponic systems of any size over the intense two day short course presented by Dr Tom Losordo and Dr Wilson Lennard.

Some of the topics that will be covered during this workshop (Full list of topics to be confirmed):

System design and management

  • Aeration
  • Plumbing
  • Components
  • Construction Techniques
  • Operation

Fish production

  • Stocking
  • Feeding, growth and survival
  • Harvesting and processing
  • Water quality

Plant Production

  • Seedling production
  • Importance of pest identification
  • Disease and insect control
  • Nutrient dynamics

Economics and Marketing

  • Aquaponics economics
  • Effect of scale vs Available market
  • Marketing Fish
  • Marketing Plants

About the Presenters:

Dr. Tom Losordo is the Director of Aquaculture Systems Engineering for Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems. Dr. Losordo has a Bachelor degree in Biology and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Having been involved in aquaculture for more than 38 years, Dr. Losordo recently retired as head of a program of applied research and extension at North Carolina State University in the area of recirculating aquaculture production systems.

Dr. Wilson Lennard is the Director of Aquaponic Solutions and has been studying aquaponics for the past 10 years. He is a PhD graduate from Australia (RMIT University, 2006) with practical commercial aquaponics experience and knowledge. Wilson also has scientific and engineering skills and experience in associated aquatic disciplines, including freshwater aquaculture, marine aquaculture, hydroponics, integrated aquatic farming systems, freshwater aquatic ecology and environmental biology. These skills and experience have been accumulated over a professional scientific career of almost 20 years.

Venue and cost

The venue will be the Soldiers Point Bowls Club, 118 Soldiers Point Rd, Soldiers Point NSW 2317

We are arranging for discounted accommodation rates which are located next to and across the road from the club (walking distance). So hold off on booking your accommodation.

Registration Costs

  • Refreshments and lunch will be provided/included on both days.
  • Course workbook and proceedings are included.
  • We are organising a separate meal at the club on the Saturday night as an option for us all to get together
  • General registration will be $280 total for the two days
  • Aquaculture Association members will be $210
  • Students registration will be $230 (a copy of your student ID card will need to be sent prior)

Please follow this link to purchase tickets and secure your seat.


Robert McCormack
Secretary NSW Aquacutlure Association

Robert McCormack is the Research and Aquaculture Director for Australian Aquatic Biological P/L. He is a Research Associate with the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, USA, is Secretary of the Aqua Association Incorporated https://www.aqua.asn.au/ and the team leader of the privately funded Australian Crayfish Project, which conducts biological studies of every creek and stream in Australia, collecting and identifying crustaceans. Robert has a passion for freshwater crayfish traveling across Australia to find and photograph them.


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