Finnish Aquaponics Society / Suomen Akvaponinen Viljely ry (SAVRY)
SAVRY is a non-profit organization aiming to promote, develop & commercialize aquaponics in Finland for a more sustainable future.
We are a registered association (PRH, Finland) since September 3, 2021.
Together, the 7 current members cover a broad range of knowledge: Aquaponics, Hydroponics, Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS),
Urban gardening, Phycology, Microbiology, Biogeochemistry & International business.
The aims of SAVRY – Our motivation
The 4 CORE aspects (diagram by Tobias Lipsewers):
SAVRY aims to improve these 4 core aspects to clear the way for aquaponics in Finland & elsewhere.
Closing the cycle
Sustainability & the 0-waste approach (diagram by Tobias Lipsewers):
SAVRY is a platform to exchange ideas & nurturing our creativity to carry out innovative research projects & design new system technologies.
Local & Fresh (images by Faiqa Atique)
Increasing the availability of locally produced & fresh food to improve food safety, reduce the carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint of our consumer behavior & save the environment from further
The rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss, average weight = 250g) and the lettuce depicted here were grown in an aquaponics research system run by Faiqa Atique.
What is Aquaponics?
It is an alternative food production system inhabiting aquatic organisms and plants, where > 50% of the nutrients supporting optimal plant growth derive from the waste originating from feeding the aquatic organisms (Palm et al. 2018).
Above: Basic diagram showing the principle of aquaponics and some examples of products. Note, beside plants also algae can be cultivated using nutrients from the fish tanks (diagram by Tobias
Aquaponics has multiple advantages for the consumer and the environment:
- Multiple foodstuffs can be produced with this ecosystem and potentially zero-waste approach.
- Improved food safety: No antibiotics, pesticides, and other harmful substances are required.
- Increased sustainability: Due to a land-based recirculating system, eutrophication and overfishing of natural waters are counteracted.
- Increased local production: Reduced emissions (e.g., CO2) due to shorter transport chains and reduced need for imported food.
- High quality standards: Due to the lower production size, the fish would be of better health and thus, better quality (compared to sea-based mass production).
- Improving the local economy: Creation of job and research possibilities (in rural and urban areas).
- Aquaponic food production is independent of weather extremes, increasing with climate change; crisis-safe because it is not affected by collapsing transport chains; *HAB-safe because of the
strictly monitored water quality.
*HAB stands for Harmful Algae Bloom, which is a major threat to, for example, sea-based fish farms (Díaz et al., 2019).
Get to know the board of directors –
Our backgrounds & interests:
At the moment we do not offer a newsletter but we are happy to share details on our current activities on demand (see contact information below).
Here in short: We are currently busy with expanding our network. Two funding applications were submitted to conduct qualitative research, organize an online-conference & educational events as well as publish aquaponics-related research articles. Maybe SAVRY will be more lucky getting funded in the future.
Would you like to collaborate with us, become a member, or just get in touch?