Development of Sustainable Aquaculture Practices in Tabasco, Mexico Using Novel RIAA Technology

EPA Grant Number: SU834368
Title: Development of Sustainable Aquaculture Practices in Tabasco, Mexico Using Novel RIAA Technology
Investigators: Fitzsimmons, Kevin , VanderLugt, Kyle R.
Institution: University of Arizona
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Phase: II
Project Period: August 15, 2009 through August 14, 2011
Project Amount: $75,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet - Phase 2 (2009) Recipients Lists
Research Category: Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Awards , Sustainability


We want to share and describe a multiple use concept growing fish and using the effluent to irrigate and fertilize crop plants.


We will describe the techniques and practices with colleagues from a Mexican university in Tabasco. Together with our Mexican counterparts, we will build demonstration systems in three small indigenous communities in Tabasco. Along with the demonstrations, we will provide workshops in the indigenous languages (with our University colleagues providing translations) describing the benefits of the integrated farms and how best to manage the farm to increase income and reduce chemical costs.

Expected Results:

We anticipate that several of the indigenous farmers will adopt fish farming in the context of their small irrigated farms. Fish farming is a non-consumptive use of water and irrigation will transfer the wastes from the fish into the fertilizers needed for crop production. We expect that families incorporating this integrated farming will see household incomes increased and costs decreased.

Supplemental Keywords:

Tilapia, aquaculture, Lacadon, multiple-use,

Relevant Websites:

Phase 1 Abstract
Phase 1 Final Report

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2010
  • Final

  • P3 Phase I:

    Development of Sustainable Integrated Aquaculture Systems With Assessment of Environmental, Social, and Economic Implications  | Final Report