Evaluation of Liquefied Manure from the Cranberry Bog/Partitioned Aquaculture System Fish Farm Applied as a Fertilizer for Land-Based Crops

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2003: $5,500.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2003
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $39,000.00
Region: Northeast
State: Massachusetts
Project Leader:
Brad Morse
DoubleM Cranberry Company, Inc


  • Fruits: plums
  • Animals: fish


  • Animal Production: manure management
  • Crop Production: fertigation, nutrient cycling
  • Education and Training: demonstration, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning
  • Production Systems: general crop production
  • Soil Management: soil analysis, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Cranberry growers are turning to alternate crops as prices have fallen, and the farmer is interested in seeing if his aquaculture effort can be used to improve a beach plum operation. Fish-waste fertilizer will be compared to commercial fertilizer and no fertilizer at all and the growth will be monitored. The overall goal is to find application rates for fish waste that maximize beach plum production and to develop guidelines for matching fish production with beach plum production so that the two systems are in balance. This project is related to SARE grant LNE01-153.

    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.