Neptune’s Harvest Fertilizer’s parent company, Ocean Crest Seafoods, in Gloucester, Mass., inadvertently ended up in the organic fertilizer business. A wholesale fish and seafood company established in 1965, Ocean Crest had a need to dispose of the fish remains, gurry, created after processing. Gurry makes up 60- 70 percent of the fish after it is filleted. Ocean Crest got together with researchers from the University of Massachusetts’ marine science research center and developed the process of turning the gurry into fertilizer, which allows the company to use 100 percent of the fish.
The products that this collaboration came up with are beneficial to the environment in more than one way. First of all, the products are organic. Secondly, the company uses every part of each fish and shellfish, so there is no waste that is being dumped back into the ocean or sent to landfills; instead, the “waste” is used to help grow stronger, healthier plants.
“The whole world used to be under water. They found Fish fossils on the top of Mount Everest. Ever since then it’s been demineralizing. By adding products from the ocean back to the soil, it replenishes it, and brings it back to life,” says Ann Molloy, sales director for Neptune’s Harvest.
The company’s line includes Hydrolyzed Fish Fertilizer, Fish-Seaweed Blend, Seaweed Plant Food, Crab Shell or Flour, Kelp Meal and newly introduced Turf Formula.
Two of these products are now being used with great success on turf. Golf Course Superintendents and Landscapers have discovered the many benefits of using the Turf Formula and the Crab Flour.
The Turf Formula was specifically designed for areas where there are zero phosphorus laws. The NPK is 2-0-2. It contains Fish, Seaweed, Humate, Yucca, Molasses and a biological. It is a high energy mix that shows greening within days.
The Crab Flour is finely ground Crab and Lobster shell. The NPK is 2-3-0, and has 23 percent Calcium. It is high in Chitin (kite-in) which will get rid of root nematodes, grubs, ants and fungus problems.
The Neptune’s Harvest organic line of products not only helps create healthy plants and soil, but use of these products eliminates, or greatly reduces, the need to use pesticides or any other chemicals, which reduces the negative impact on the environment, says Molloy, adding that the products also build up the organic matter in the soil, which helps the soil hold water, so you don’t need to use as much water.
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