The University of the Virgin Islands’ Agriculture Experiment Station (AES) has been featured in the August 2019 issue of National Geographic, one of the leading magazines on science, geography, history, and world culture, UVI has announced.
AES, which features an aquaculture program, is spotlighted in the magazine’s Explore Decoder section with graphics that illustrate the principles of aquaponic system design and operation. The online component of the publication includes a video demonstrating how vegetables can be grown through aquaponics.
UVI, a Land Grant institution, has been a leading public university researching aquaponics and has a great depth of knowledge and experience in the field. The program, which began in 1979, boasts a facility spanning 1.95 acres on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix, UVI said.
Donald Bailey, research specialist in the aquaculture program, who began assisting with this publication, as early as April, was instrumental in providing journalists of National Geographic with information and illustration for the home-scale system that is included in the issue.