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The economics of aquaponics

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA
    2012 AUGUST 16 BSN Brendon Lau walks through rows of lettuce beds. Mari's Garden, an aquaponics set-up in Mililani run by Fred Lau and son Brendon. Using tilapia and catfish, they grow lettuce, tomatoes, blueberries, and other vegetables. SA photo by Craig T. Kojima
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    Brendon Lau displays a 2-pound tilapia grown at Mari’s Gardens, an aquaponics farm owned by his father, Fred Lau.
  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Fred Lau said the operation turned its first monthly profit late last year but remains in the red after mildew wiped out his lettuce crop for a couple of months earlier this year.
  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    2012 AUGUST 16 BSN Chinese catfish, one type of fish the Lau's are using. Mari's Garden, an aquaponics set-up in Mililani run by Fred Lau and son Brendon. Using tilapia and catfish, they grow lettuce, tomatoes, blueberries, and other vegetables. SA photo by Craig T. Kojima
  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / ckojima@staradvertiser.com

    Brendon Lau, at left, checks out the lettuce bed at Mari's Gardens, an aquaponics setup in Mililani run by him and his father, Fred Lau. Using tila­pia and catfish, pictured above, they grow lettuce, tomatoes, blueberries and other vegetables.

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