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

Sources:

Science of the Total Environment

Authors:

Shawn Dayson Shifflett

Allison Culbreth

Dennis Hazel

Harry Daniels

Elizabeth Guthrie Nichols

Date:

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.