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Recirculating Aquaculture 4th Edition Hardcover – 4 June 2018

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  • Publisher : Ithaca Publishing Company LLC; 4th edition (4 June 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 779 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0971264678
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0971264670
  • Dimensions : 25.91 x 18.8 x 4.83 cm
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Dear Dr. Timmons, In fact, I had been thinking about congratulating you since about the time I started reading your wonderful book, Recirculating Aquaculture, a couple of months ago. However, something or the other always came up and delayed my resolve. Today, I have the honor of conveying to you, what I really mean and feel about your book. The one word which could sum up this extraordinary book, should be Bible of RAS . This book is NOT just an academic exercise, but it is a practical and prudent guide to the Nuts and Bolts of a Venture called Recirculating Aquaculture System. It is a vital Reference Book for all those who intend to pursue research and development of RAS as an academic exercise. However, it is a MUST read for entrepreneurs, bankers, investors, accountants and government officials- those who intend to believe in Recirculating Aquaculture Technology or simply put a 21st century answer to Sustainable Aquaculture with highest productivity. There are nineteen chapters in the book and each chapter is a benchmark in itself, especially the Rule of Thumb. The clarity of thought and experiment could not be closer!! Dr. Timmons, you have rendered a yeoman service to the entrepreneurs of RAS. I would recommend to each and everyone, who care to undertake RAS, to read chapter 17. It is about the real perspective of RAS as a new venture. This chapter will be thoroughly appreciated equally by a start up entrepreneur to a seasoned businessman. In fact, your personal experience in running a commercial operation has given you an in-depth knowledge, while sharing those without inhibitions make this book absolutely out of the ordinary and truly a Guide. The chapter nineteen deals with Aquaponics, comes as a silver lining to an all encompassing , no-nonsense, extraordinarily prudent , brilliant book on a subject that is beholden to provide answer to the critical problem of 40% shortage of animal protein requirement of over 7 billion homo sapiens by 2020. In my opinion, Recirculating Aquaculture is going to set the standards for future writers intending to write books on subjects as intense as advanced technologies. In that sense, this book is a Trend Setter. Once again, please accept my heart-felt congratulations on writing such a brilliant and full-of wisdom book. Best regards, Sincerely yours, Gangesh Kumar Varma President Global Knight Foodtech, Inc. North Babylon, NY 11704 -- --Mr. G.K. Varma, President, Global Knight Foodtech, North Babylon, NY

Recirculating Aquaculture by M.B. Timmons and J.M. Ebeling (editors) describes all aspects pertaining to the culture of fish and other aquatic organisms in closed recirclating systems. It provides the engineering information needed to design and build systems wherein fish are reared under high densities. While most fish reared commercially have been reared in ponds because it is generally cheaper, there is a trend to rear higher value species in recirculating aquaculture systems. The book covers all aspects from system design, to filtration, solid waste removal,aeriation, the role of bacteria for nitrification and denitrification, disease control etc. Some in the industry see closed systems aquaculture as being like rearing chickens under high densities. Tilapia has been touted as the next mass produced aquaculture product because they can be reared athigh densities, provided water quality is maintained. A less energy intensive type of recirculating aquaculture that raises both fish and vegetables in recirculating system is aquaponics. Chapter 19 by Dr. James Rakocy of the University of the Virgin Islands pertains to the floating raft aquaponics system that he designed. Other groups have copied this system in various parts of the USA and abroad. Hence, many of the people who buy this book will do so specifically to learn about aquaponics. This is a large book (975 pages). It may be too technical for those without some scientific training. It is the bible for those interested in recirculating aquaculture systems (which is the title of two earlier editions of the same book). --Peter, --Peter

The field of recirculating aquaculture has grown tremendously over the last twenty years, and this book, developed during those years, reflects not only the current state of the art but a bit of the history and reasoning for recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) in general. The first edition of the book has been seen by many producers, industrial and academic professionals as the book in this area. The second edition has updated many areas of interest and clarified a number of issues. While the authors are well respected academic and research scientists (Timmons is at Cornell University, Ithaca NY), the book is quite accessible for the practitioner. Several other specialists have also contributed to the book by writing or editing chapters and sections. These include Summerfelt and Vinci at Freshwater Institute; Liltved and van Rijn, with European and Mediterranean perspectives; Rakocy, perhaps the world s premier aquaponics expert; and a number of experts in pathology, veterinary medicine, physiology, nutrition and related areas. This enhances the value and seriousness of the book. The book is organized in such a way that preliminary comments on markets, economics, business and other practical aspects lead the way, after which basics such as water quality and various unit operations approaches for maintaining water quality integrate with basics of biology relevant to many species cultured in RAS. Physical and chemical aspects such as fluid mechanics and gas transfer each receive chapters, and process control for water and buildings receive attention in later chapters. Finally, the last few chapters deal with management, health, nutrition and unique applications such as aquaponics. The appendix may be as useful as the text, with numerous tables and charts for basic design of piping, water quality parameters, unit operations and related parameters. Overall the book provides an excellent source of information on many subjects and is well organized. As noted, the appendix includes valuable information from conversion factors to information on many water quality parameters to fish health and mechanical and electrical sizing charts. In short, this book is an excellent text and reference that belongs in the library of any serious aquaculturist and is worth the read for anyone considering starting or expanding an aquaculture business. --Steven G. Hall, Ph.D., P.E., Past President, Aquacultural Engineering Society Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803

About the Author

Michael B. Timmons, Ph.D. Dr. Timmons received his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the Ohio State University, his M.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Hawaii, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Dr. Timmons has worked in aquacultural engineering for 25 years as a researcher, teacher, and extension specialist. He has published widely and has served as primary editor on many of the Aquacultural Engineering Society meeting proceedings and for the series of bi-annual meetings sponsored by Virginia Tech on Water Recirculation Systems. He was one of the founders of the Aquacultural Engineering Society and has served in several officer positions including President. Dr. Timmons was a J. Thomas Clark Professorship of Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise (1999-2006) at Cornell University where he is still a professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Timmons has been a principal investor (he put his house on the line!) in the design, construction, and operation of a commercial recirculating tilapia farm (~500 tons per year of production) and thus provides the viewpoint of a commercial aquaculturist in addition to his experience as a researcher and extension specialist. You can contact Dr. Timmons by email, Todd Guerdat, Ph.D. Dr. Todd Guerdat is an assistant professor of Agricultural Engineering at the University of New Hampshire in the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems Department. He is also an Affiliate Faculty member in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and is a member of the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering. Dr. Guerdat s agricultural engineering research program at UNH is centered on scalable nutrient capture and reuse systems and controlled environment agricultural production systems. His research seeks to answer foundational questions using first principles and applies the results in a practical manner for students and farmers alike. Todd is currently working toward optimizing the integration of recirculating aquaculture systems with hydroponic crop production (aquaponics) for improved nutrient utilization while preserving economic sustainability. Dr. Guerdat earned his Ph.D. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from North Carolina State University. His research focused on water and wastewater treatment in recirculating aquaculture systems at the commercial scale. Todd s experience spans the private industry and public academic sectors. His past positions include Director of Research and Development for Aquaculture Systems Technologies (New Orleans, LA), an international water filtration manufacturer, and the Director of Nutrient Management Systems at Cambrian Innovation (Boston, MA), the first company to commercialize energy-positive water treatment systems for employing microbial fuel cell technology. He has also served as the president of the Aquacultural Engineering Society. Brian J. Vinci, Ph.D., P.E. Dr. Vinci is the Director of Engineering Services for the Freshwater Institute, a field office and program of The Conservation Fund (Arlington, VA). Dr. Vinci earned his B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University and earned his Ph.D. in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell. He leads engineering projects in the areas of fisheries bioengineering, aquacultural engineering, environmental engineering, and facility/infrastructure planning. Dr. Vinci is a Past-President of the Aquacultural Engineering Society, a Past-Vice President of the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers, and an active member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He is a licensed professional engineer (environmental) in New York, Pennsylvania, and Mississippi.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE if you're into RAS, aquaponics, or any aquaculture operation/business.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE if you're into RAS, aquaponics, or any aquaculture operation/business.
Reviewed in the United States on 7 August 2018
Somehow, this book keeps on getting better & better with the release of new edition. I owned the previous 2nd & 3rd edition. And this one is even better (massive addition of information on aquaponics section). Bear in mind that this book is 70 - 80% technical.

There's so much info in this book. Sometimes, whenever i thought of something that might be revolutionary in RAS, before dwelling in the idea further and committing to it, i'll always go thru this book AGAIN and AGAIN. 75% chances, it has been discussed in the book. This is the type of book that one will have to revisit again and again due to the goodies in there that one might miss when going thru it in the first time.

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