Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems to Hold Spring 2013 Aquaponics Technology and Design Workshop April 2 – 6, 2013

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Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems announces Spring 2013 dates for their Aquaponics Workshop featuring Dr. James Rakocy, Dr. Wilson Lennard and Dr. Fred Petitt. Registration is now open.

Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems (PAES) announced today that their next Aquaponics Technology and Design Workshop will be held April 2 – 6, 2013 near Orlando, FL. As with their previous workshops, the PAES staff will be joined by “Father of Aquaponics,” Dr. James Rakocy, famed Australian aquaponics expert, Dr. Wilson Lennard and special guest Dr. Fred Petitt of Walt Disney® Parks and Resorts.

The April 2013 workshop will feature daily lectures, hands-on instruction, tours of the PAES Aquaponics System, Green Sky Growers – which is owned and operated by PAES – and a “Behind the Seeds” tour of The Land at Epcot®. The PAES Aquaponic System, constructed behind Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems’ 130,000 sq. ft. facility in Apopka, FL, is a variation of Dr. Rakocy’s world-renowned UVI Aquaponic System.

In a statement about the PAES workshop, Dr. Rakocy said, "Teaching at the aquaponics course sponsored by [Pentair] Aquatic Eco-Systems (PAES) was a real treat for me because [Pentair] AES employees have an incredible depth of experience and knowledge that they share with their students as they guide them through all phases of constructing and operating an aquaponic system to establish a successful hobby or business."

It is with great excitement that PAES will hold yet another aquaponics workshop aimed at preparing attendees to actually practice what they learn during the 4.5-day course.

David Pullins, Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Development for Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems, added, "One of Pentair's goals with Aquatic Eco-Systems is to expand the reach of the aquaponics industry, and the best way to start is with education. We are committed to providing proper training and extensive solutions that will give workshop participants the tools they need to start farming right away."

At this workshop, attendees will gain practical knowledge and an understanding for how aquaponics will actually work in their lives and the lives of others from some of the most recognized and respected names in the industry. Included in the workshop materials is a comprehensive manual which features a full list of parts and materials needed to construct the PAES Aquaponics System. Also provided to each workshop attendee is a CAD drawing of the PAES system, which allows the attendees to size the system to fit the area in which they plan to construct their system.

Other workshop extras include face time and Q&A with the presenters and PAES staff as well as a CD of the PowerPoint presentations.

A sentiment shared by many, one Spring 2012 workshop attendee offered this testimonial, "This workshop was great! It was very professional and well organized. Presenters were very informative, the meals were great and the [Pentair] AES staff was awesome in every way. This far exceeded my expectations."

Registration is now open for the Spring 2013 workshop.

Information on our expert presenters:

About Dr. James Rakocy: Known as the "Father of Aquaponics," James Rakocy obtained his PhD in aquaculture from Auburn University in 1980. He then became the Director of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Agricultural Experiment Station and a Research Professor of Aquaculture. He has since retired, but his research at UVI concentrated on the development of production systems for tilapia that conserve and reuse water and recycle nutrients. During his time at UVI, Dr. Rakocy and his colleagues developed aquaponic and biofloc systems, which intensify production and utilize dissolved nutrients for hydroponic vegetable production and solid organic waste for the production of field crops. Dr. Rakocy now lives in Thailand and travels the world teaching the principles of Aquaponics.

About Dr. Wilson Lennard: Wilson Lennard, PhD has been studying aquaponics for the past 10 years. He is a PhD graduate from Australia (RMIT University, 2006) with practical commercial aquaponics experience and knowledge. Wilson's PhD centered on optimizing the aquaponic process in terms of maximum plant growth and nutrient removal for the Australian Murray Cod fish species and the Green Oak lettuce variety… In addition to this aquaponic experience, Wilson also has scientific and engineering skills and experience in associated aquatic disciplines, including freshwater aquaculture, marine aquaculture, hydroponics, integrated aquatic farming systems, freshwater aquatic ecology and environmental biology. These skills and experience have been accumulated over a professional scientific career of almost 20 years.

About Dr. Fred Petitt: Fred Petitt is the Agricultural & Water Sciences Director for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. Fred joined Epcot® during its construction phase and worked to turn The Land, pavilion from vision into reality. He developed and implemented The Land’s Integrated Pest Management Program, with emphasis on the use of biological controls for insect pests. Fred is currently responsible for Agricultural Sciences, which focuses on developing the show greenhouses and growing over 100 crops in The Land at Epcot. He also leads the Water Sciences team, which ensures healthy aquatic environments for animals across Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. Fred’s work at Disney has resulted in over 50 scientific publications and presentations. He has a Ph. D. degree from the University of Florida and is currently an adjunct faculty member there.

For additional information, a downloadable registration form and lodging, please visit:

About Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems:
Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems Inc. (PAES) of Apopka, FL, is the largest source of aquatic products and systems worldwide. Since it was founded in 1978, PAES has offered unmatched selection, service and solutions to the aquatic community. With over 13,000 products, PAES serves a variety of aquatic interests and industries, from aquaculture and lake management to aquariums and water gardens.

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