How's the first large commercial aquaponics going?

While googling, I read that “The first large scale commercial aquaponics facility, Bioshelters in Amherst, MA, was established in the mid-1980s , and it is still in operation today.”

Does anyone know more details about this first large-scale Aquaponcis? Thanks.

I havent heard anything about them.

Our Board Member @Eddytiv is from Mass. Ed, have you heard of them?

Hi Brian and others,

I know nothing about this Bioshelter in Amherst.

Ed Tivnan

I found the Waterfield Farms in Amherst was also known as bioshelters. They make their own plant-based tilapia pellets mainly with grasses. But they don’t look like a 40 years old business, and was recently closed due to loss of lease.

Does anyone know of a commercial aquaponics consultant or group I can talk to about getting a center up and going? I’m hoping to get an operation up and going by end of year.


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Will Bozeman

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BioShelters was one of the first large aquaponic farms and you are correct it was in Amherst, MA. It closed many years ago, which is the case with most of the very early adaptations of aquaponics which were not very efficient or profitable because of the complex and unproven designs. It did, however demonstrate the potential of commercial aquaponics and the founders are due credit for their contributions to our industry.

We publsihed the Aquaponics Journal from 1997 - 2003, 62 issues in all, and there were articles about BioShelters as well as many of the other pioneers of aquaponics. All of the back issues of the Aquaponics Journal are still available on our website

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I’m sorry to hear that. The Waterfield Farms / Bioshelters must be a different company then. I purchased a CD of your journals a long time ago before I began practicing Aquaponics. It’s a pity the journal’s ended.