Concurrent design of hillside ponds for tilapia production

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Brahm Verma; E.W. Tollner; Jay Renew; Tom Popma; J.L. Molnar; Daniel Meyer

Type of Document:
Conference Proceeding or Document


American Tilapia Association and Departamento de Pesca e Aquicultura/Ministerio da Agricultura e do Abastecimento

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Place of Publication:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Abstract: Farming on hillsides in Latin America has resulted in progressive deterioration of natural

resources due to a combination of overgrazing, poor farming practices, deforestation, and poor water management. The Introduction of tilapia production could improve the nutrition of farm families and local communities and provide a means of additional earning for improving economic status. An important aspect of designing and successfully introducing tilapia in Honduras and the adjoining regions is to have all stakeholders identify needs that include technical requirements as well as social and environmental issues important in the design of ponds and the production of tilapia. The fundamental method of pond design used here was based on the principles of concurrent engineering design methodology. In this method all stakeholders, hereafter referred to as “customers” (a person or entity that can

impact the building, maintenance, and use of ponds for tilapia production), are identified. Our customer list included Honduras farmers, extension agents, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, builders, and design engineers. Customer needs were identified and prioritized based on information from literature and input from experts representing perspectives of the identified customers. Design concepts were then tested using a US National Resource Conservation Service runoff model and spatial data pieced into a Geographical Information System. Concurrently considering needs of all customers in the design and selection of construction method provides a powerful method to have the

user educated and invested in the design. This approach presents an increased possibility of introducing acceptable pond design and tilapia production as an economic enterprise in Honduras and Central America.

Additional Bibliographic Information

Verma, B., J. Renew, E.W. Tollner, T. Popma, J. Molnar, and D. Meyer, 2000. Concurrent design of hillside ponds for tilapia production. In: K. Fitzsimmons and J. Carvalho Filho (Editors), Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Tilapia Aquaculture,. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, pp. 311–315.

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