Assessing Sustainability of Shrimp Aquaculture and Integration with a Field Crop

2001 Annual Report for SW01-062

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2001: $68,523.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2004
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $20,550.00
Region: Western
State: Arizona
Principal Investigator:
Kevin Fitzsimmons
Univ of AZ Environmental Research Lab

Assessing Sustainability of Shrimp Aquaculture and Integration with a Field Crop


A field study utilizing a randomized block design has been planned to test the effect of three low-salinity shrimp farm effluent/well water/fertilizer combinations on olive tree growth. Trees will be flood-irrigated as needed. Irrigation water will be analyzed for total nitrogen, nitrate-nitrogen, total phosphorus, potassium and electrical conductivity. Additionally, tree growth as measured both by height and diameter, soil salinity and soil macronutrients (N,P,K) will also be monitored.

Objectives/Performance Targets

  • Determine the benefits of irrigating with aquacultural effluents

    Determine any detrimental effects on soils

    Reduction of reliance on chemical fertilizers

    Efficient utilization of scarce water resources

    Organize an aquaculture field day to initiate an integrated aquaculture/agriculture extension program in Arizona


Work on the project is underway. The study site has been selected and the treatments have been assigned the rows of trees. Growth studies are slated to begin in the spring of 2002.


Chad King

Reseach Associate
Environmental Research Lab
University of Arizona
2601 E. Airpot Drive
Tucson, AZ 85706
Office Phone: 5206263322
Dennis McIntosh

Environmental Research Lab
AZ 85706
Craig Collins

Wood Brother's Farm
AZ 85337
Kalb Stevenson

Graduate Assistant
Maricopa Agriculture Center
Kevin Fitzsimmons

Environmental Research Lab
AZ 85706