I've been asked by Wilson Lennard to post the following comments on his behalf as he is not a member of the forum.
Wilson Lennard's association with GANRAD
I have recently read the posts with regard to GANRAD, an organisation founded in Queensland. I have seen posts saying things about me with regards to GANRAD and wish to clear things up for all you members who may be interested. There are several things:
Firstly, Murray is correct when he said I was a founding board member. This was when I was in discussions with the founding member of GANRAD in a commercial sense. I joined the board of GANRAD in "good faith" attached to the commercial business discussions I was having. For reasons outside of this forum, the commercial discussions disintegrated and I found myself a board member. I then managed to "extract" myself from GANRAD and my board membership. To my knowledge I am NOT a member of GANRAD in any sense, however, I do remember hearing that "Technically qualified people will be made free members of GANRAD". Maybe this is the situation, I am unsure, but I want it made clear that I do not wish to be a member and I DO NOT accept free membership, if that is what I have???
Secondly, I am unsure as to where Murray got the idea that I would be providing advice or anything else for GANRAD; I am NOT!! I have been informally asked to maybe answer technical questions, but since the break down of commercial discussions with the principals of GANRAD no further discussion with respect to GANRAD have occurred. So, at present, I want ALL to know that I have NO associations with GANRAD.
Thirdly, I will NOT be joining GANRAD in the future!
I am a professional scientist and have worked in many areas of aquatic ecology and aquatic biology; Aquaponics became my passion and I was fortunate enough to spend four years studying it and 2 years working professionally within the field. I am still trying to build a commercial aquaponics consulting business for people who want commercial scale aquaponics advice etc...However, I do NO advertising of this and only do it in a part time capacity. I am now working full time OUTSIDE of aquaponics in the aquaculture field again. I hope to one day be able to return to aquaponics and have been researching ways to try and get myself back into the industry. Because I am a professional scientist, I feel that is my ethical obligation to be a "neutral" voice in the field of aquaponics. With my ethical stand point being as it is, I find it impossible for me align myself with any association with respect to aquaponics, including any association with GANRAD. This is the reason why I have NOT joined any of the aquaponics forums as well. Whilst all that goes on in these forums interests me endlessly, as I say, I feel I am in a situation whereby my personal thoughts and feelings on the subject of aquaponics cannot be generally released as I need to be an "OBJECTIVE" voice in the field.
I have little to say with regards to GANRAD in either the positive or the negative. However, I want it to be made clear that I am NOT associated with GANRAD in ANY way. I am also hoping this will clear up any misunderstandings with respect to me and any association with GANRAD.
I wish ALL aquaponics people all the best with this fascinating subject and want everyone to know that it makes me proud that so many people now are interested in aquaponics in Australia and around the world. When I started 7 years ago, no one even new what aquaponics mean't!, so as I say, it is great to see so many now enjoying aquaponics and I hope things continue this way.