EK Aquaponics- “Fish For Tomorrow”

(check out our blog… aquaponicalchemy.blogspot.com)


To provide a local source of organic vegetables and protein year round in a system that does not negatively impact local ecosystems.

Building the aquaponics system.

Building the aquaponics system.


This program started with the task of creating a sustainable source of protein to allow fishermen to stay near their home and family, therefore preventing the transfer of HIV/AIDS among island communities. It has since evolved to become part of the organic farming initiative at the Ekialo Kiona Center.


The aquaponic system was designed and built by a team of local craftsmen on Mfangano and an interdisciplinary team of landscape architecture and architecture students from the United States.  The 3,500 gallon system is the first of its kind in this part of the world. It is designed in a completely self-sufficient way utilizing solar power and gravity fed systems. The system will produce Nile Tilapia (Native to Lake Victoria), greens, and fruit year round. The system was built using recycled building materials, a disused fishing boat and local materials.

Flood Cycle

Flood Cycle

Growth Cycle for System

Aquaponic Schematic

Aquaponic Schematic


  • Maintaining the aquaponics system
  • Monitoring fish and plant growth
  • Creating innovative prototypes for smaller household systems
  • Creating a knowledge base community around organic farming techniques
  • Creating awareness surrounding fishing practices, farming methods, and nutrition


  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Oregon, Eugene
The EK Design Guild building our Aquaponic system in a refinished fishing boat, June 2012

The EK Design Guild building our Aquaponic system in a refinished fishing boat, June 2012


Richard Magerenge, EK ED: mfanganoeco[@]gmail.com

Matthew Tierney, Aquaponics Coordinator: mtier0067[@]gmail.com