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The Fly Fishing Collaborative exists to bring sustainable livelihood to innocent children who are either at risk, or have been rescued from, the horrible injustice of sex trafficking. They do this by building, and providing on-going support of, sustainable aquaponics farms for safe houses and orphanages around the world. Each Tilapia farm built gives the raw power of resources into the hands of those that need it most.

Open Arms and the Fly Fishing Collaborative have partnered with the intention of establishing a fish farm at Open Arms Village

How it works

Aquaponics combines two worlds: Aquaculture (raising fish) and Hydroponics (soil-less growing of plants). The fish create nutrients for the plants to grow and the plants clean the water for the fish. In doing so, both healthy fish and plants are produced which can then be eaten or sold. Each part of this self-sustaining cycle helps the other. Here are a few key terms to better understand the process:


Water pumped through the grow bed is filtered by the plants, and then returned to the fish tank ammonia free.



Naturally occurring bacteria converts the ammonia into nitrites and then into nitrates with new fish reared from eggs.


Once fish are fed, they produce ammonia rich waste. Bacteria turns the ammonia into nitrates which is absorbed into the plants. When fish grow to market size, they can be sold, and replaced with new fish reared from eggs.


Fish breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Plants absorb the carbon, leaving oxygen rich water to return to the plants.


Typically suspended on floating raft platforms or planted into rock, plants absorb the nitrates as nutrients. They grow quickly in the nutrient rich water and can be eaten or sold in the marketplace.