Our story of the month comes from Austria, where thanks to the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) you can now buy fresh fish and vegetables produced right in the Austrian capital city of Vienna. The aquaponics start-up, established in 2016 with an EMFF contribution of around €30,000, combines vegetable farming with fish farming in large glasshouses to produce aubergines, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and chilli, as well as catfish and perch.
The farm grows vegetables on about 400 m2 and can produce up to 12 tonnes of fish a year. The nutrient-rich wastewater from the fish farm is fed to the plants, while the waste heat from the greenhouse is used to heat the fish system.
The fish are sold from the farm’s premises in Vienna, online and in well-known restaurants and cafés. Customers appreciate the freshness and regionality of the products, as well as the quality: the fish fillet is produced entirely without pharmaceuticals, as these would be harmful to the vegetables, while the vegetables are produced without any pesticides or other substances which would be harmful to the fish.
Read more: Fresh fish from Vienna
- Publication date
- 28 January 2019
- Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries