Coupling Aquaculture with Forest Plantations for Food, Energy, and Water Resiliency


Science of the Total Environment
Shawn Dayson Shifflett
Allison Culbreth
Dennis Hazel
Harry Daniels
Elizabeth Guthrie Nichols
15 November 2016

Coupling freshwater aquaculture and forest bioenergy markets can improve food, energy, and water resiliency by enhancing ecosystem services through fertilization, water-reuse, carbon storage and bioenergy via biomass production, according to the authors of this study. They evaluate how a model aquaculture-managed forest plantation could (1) provision fish and woody biomass, (2) regulate carbon, groundwater infiltration, and groundwater quality and (3) support nutrient cycling over a two-year period.