Thanks Chris. I have been at the forefront of the aquaponics movement since 1996 in Australia and we used to distribute a hard copy subscription magazine from one of your countrymen down under. We had 6 subscribers back then and today with the internet well, as they say, the rest is history. Coming from the aquaculture industry and in particular, the barramundi closed circuit systems, I saw a lot of waste in both water and nutrient scavenging as well as great opportunity to exponentially grow the business of freshwater production by 10 fold or more with integrating with plants and even separately warm blooded animals such as chickens and rabbits. Unfortunately, rabbits are a dirty word down under as is beaver in your parts as they do so much damage to the environment. Regardless of this we have been involved with countless schools, thousands of adults in training workshops and conferences we have run as well as lecturing graduates and students at university in both Australia and USA. My organization has built countless systems for both home systems as well as commercial production facilities. You can see some of these at 1aquaponics on youtube. My business also provides since 1996 specialised equipment to the aquaculture industry from tuna farming to brine shrimp and we have sold to USA, Europe, China, Pacific region as well as across Australia.
We also have the worlds first fully integrated aquaponic training software since 2007 for home production and semi commercial and have sold this and other DVDs/ training products across the globe since their inception in the 90s. An example of this is at www.1aquaponics.info/desima and we have had to be quite harsh as you will see because of the amount of fraudulent activity on the internet using either our business name, branding and sadly even my own personal photograph from our videos or website for their gain$.
Aquaponics fits with permaculture in numerous ways but mainly because its natural design can fit into a box in the smallest of spaces. We have built small systems using betas and small herbs for desk top however we are not into fads but feeding communities and teaching others to be successful. After all if you teach a man to grow fish and vegetables he can feed a whole community.
Anyway, enough about me and thank you for the welcome.