Aquaponics, is the combination of aquaculture and hydroponic technologies, it is an effective way of using nutrients from fish farm operations to produce sellable crops. Fresh fish manure contains nutrients, and when combined with the appropriate technology, aquaponics can be a very effective method of growing plants. Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic species, such as fish, while hydroponics is the growing of plants in nutrients other than soil.
In December of 2020, three First Nations in Saskatchewan (Muskoday First Nation, Muskeg Lake First Nation, and Mistawasis Nehiyawak First Nation) received funding from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to build demonstration Aquaponics facilities. This project will provide the opportunity for each Nation to train on the daily operations and management of the aquaponics facilities. Market studies will also be simultaneously conducted to identify the best commercial opportunities. Once the Nations are ready, the aquaponics facilities can be expanded for full commercial production.