Fish Waste Utilization Project

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2002: $9,618.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2004
Region: Northeast
State: Maine
Project Leader:
Robert Johanson
Goranson Farm

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: oats, potatoes, rye, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Fruits: melons, berries (strawberries)
  • Vegetables: asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucurbits, eggplant, garlic, greens (leafy), onions, parsnips, peas (culinary), peppers, rutabagas, sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips, brussel sprouts
  • Additional Plants: herbs, ornamentals
  • Animals: bees, poultry, swine


  • Animal Production: manure management, feed/forage
  • Crop Production: biological inoculants, cover crops, double cropping, multiple cropping, nutrient cycling, organic fertilizers
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, farmer to farmer, networking, on-farm/ranch research, technical assistance
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, new enterprise development, community-supported agriculture, cooperatives, budgets/cost and returns, marketing management, agricultural finance
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, hedges - grass, grass waterways, soil stabilization, wetlands, wildlife
  • Pest Management: biological control, competition, compost extracts, economic threshold, flame, integrated pest management, mulches - killed, mulches - living, physical control, mulching - plastic, cultivation, prevention, row covers (for pests), smother crops, traps, mulching - vegetative, weed ecology
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems, holistic management, integrated crop and livestock systems
  • Soil Management: earthworms, green manures, organic matter, soil analysis, composting, nutrient mineralization, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: partnerships, sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Fisheries in Maine need to recycle their waste, and the goal is to make these wastes available to farmers as an organic source of nitrogen. The farmer will organize farm deliveries, explore the best direct application rates through trials on seven farms, evaluate the possibilities of composting, and look at the overall costs, benefits, equipment requirements, and regulatory issues. Results will be presented at producer association gatherings, through newsletters, and through extension.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.