From Fish Waste to Organic Soil Fertilizer: Providing Canadian Farmers With Organic Liquid Fish Fertilizer
NLMO is planning an expansion from home gardening to include commercial farms. We use a proprietary biotech system to turn whole fish and marine ingredients into water-soluble bioactive fertilizer. The site is a former dairy barn on a 400-acre farm in a designated rural farming area.
Nitrogen in the fish is processed into fast-acting amino acids, with all the oils, bones, and minerals converted to liquid form. The smell is controlled by lowered pH to prevent bacterial growth and processing the fish inside an enclosed pipe and the tank system keeps air quality inside and outside fresh and to code. We process gently in a cold process and screen the final product to 150 mesh size for a smooth pour and no clogging. Applied as a soil drench, the liquid stimulates fungi growth that quickly improves photosynthesis and plant growth.
The above photo outlines the NL Marine Organics site plan.
This floor plan inside the former dairy barn will allow us to process raw material into a fully shelf-stable product that is 100% organic and from the coastlines of Newfoundland.
Ensuring A Quality Review Process
Part of the planning process is a review by 23 government departments. The government review process is to ensure our plan design deals with environmental and community concerns about impact. Details on the scale are published here. Throughout the process of the Environmental Review, NLMO has welcomed discussion with residents and municipalities of both PCSP and the Town of Torbay.
Our company designed a system that meets code and mitigates risks of smell or watershed impact. Large land buffers mitigate any impact from our operation and the residential development that borders Windy Heights Farms.
The above map shows a land buffer of over 500m between the nearest neighbouring residential area. It is important to recognize that the proposed site location sits in a designated rural farming area.
As a company, we value transparency throughout this process and in all of our business activities. Briefings with residents and municipal authorities with Portugal Cove-St Phillips, the PCSP Environmental Committee, and the adjacent town of Torbay have been welcomed.
So Why Is Our Project Important to Farmers and The Environment?
Farms need fertilizer. Chemical fertilizers are up 168% over last year, unaffordable to many. By providing Canadian farmers with organic liquid fish fertilizer we can reduce a farmer’s need to purchase chemical fertilizers. The time is right to bring fishery biomass out of the “waste stream” and back into useful work.
We propose to adopt an existing barn system designed to handle liquid cow waste into handling liquid fish waste. Inside the large barn will be a system of tanks and pipes, enclosed with process controls. The final product is safe to use, free from harmful bacteria, and shelf-stable.
The long cylindrical building shown provides us the ability to operate in an enclosed space while handling the fish byproduct inside an enclosed pipe and tank system which keeps air quality inside and outside fresh and to code.