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Inputs - Section 8 -

FAA - Fish Amino Acids

The Fish Amino Acid (FAA) is a liquid made from fish and used largely in the vegetative state.

FAA is of great value to both plants and microorganisms in their growth, because it contains and abundant amount of nutrients and various types of amino acids (will constitute a source of nitrogen (N) for plants).  

FAA is used in conjunction with other Natural Farming inputs and applied as either a light foliar mist or a soil drench to maximize uptake and minimize runoff or leaching, providing just enough N to the plant for optimum uptake and the production of chlorophyll to maintain plant health.






PDF - University of Hawaii


Videos of Fish Amino Acid FAA Recipe


Chris Trump - FAA and Fermented Compost

#Christrump #soilsmith #naturalfarming  Korean Natural Farming How to: FAA


Drake Drake - CGNF Fish Amino Acid FAA recipe


FAA video with great information

Hybrid Agri Hybrid Agri - Hybrid Tutorial: How To Make FAA Fish Amino Acids for Organic Gardening



  • Fish trash (head, bone, intestine, etc.)
  • Jagerry / Brown sugar / Molasses can be used.
  • IMO-3 (for smell and to help dissolve fish fats)
  • LAB (optional, for smell and to help dissolve fish fats)
  • Mosquito net
  • Rubber band / thread
  • Clay pot / plastic jar (PE container) or glass jar



  • Cut fish into pieces and put in a clay pot or plastic jar.  Do not use hands.
    • The smaller the pieces the easier it is to dissolve.
    • All parts of fish are usable, tails, gills, guts, eggs, fins, heads, bones.
    • Blue backed fish are best such as mackerels, sardines, skipjack tuna and similar.
  • Place a layer of large rocks at the bottom to provide aeration, minor minerals, and an area where the liquids will collect during the fermentation process.
  • Add Jagerry of an equal amount (1:1 weight ratio).
    • Molasses can also be used.
    • Brown Sugar.
  • Fill the jar up to 2/3 of its volume.
  • Add 2 to 3 tea spoons of IMO-4, and LAB to dissolve the fat. 
    • This will prevent a smell.
  • Add a little OHN.
  • Do not leave any fish exposed above the sugar.
  • Cover the opening of jar with a breathable cover.
  • After approximately 3 to 5 days, the fish waste will begin to break down and liquefy through fermentation and the osmotic pressure generated by the addition of brown sugar.
    • However, the process takes 2 to 6 months to produce mature FAA that is ready to use.
    • FAA, when completely fermented, will have a sweet, slightly fishy odor
      • Big bubbles are indicative of a weak enzyme reaction.
      • Small bubbles are indicative of a strong enzyme reaction.
  • Drain and extract the solution.
    • After small bubbles have stopped
  • Bottle and store.
    • Leave lid loose for two weeks as to prevent pressure build up and a sticky explosion.
    • Store in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight.
  • The remaining solids can be used to make IMO#5 or composted.


Tips and use

  • FAA is rich with nitrogen. It is good fertilizer for applying both to soil and foliage since it enhances the growth of crops during their vegetative growth period when used with other Natural Farming Materials.
  • When making IMO or mixed compost apply the FAA after diluting it with water 1:1000 ratio.
    • Then the FAA will help activate the micro organisms.
  • For leafy vegetable, it is possible to use FAA continuously to increase yield and improve taste and fragrance.
    • For leafy vegetables, spray weekly to improve yields, fragrance, and taste.
  • Avoid spray applications during full sunlight hours to prevent foliar burning and evaporation of the solution before the plant has had a chance to absorb it.
  • Do not use FAA during the reproductive growth stage as it may induce over growth and extend harvest dates.
  • Put the bones left over from creating FAA into the brown rice vinegar (BRV).
    • The bones will decompose and produce a quality water-soluble calcium phosphate.
  • Blue, back color fishes will make ideal FAA as they have high amounts of amino acid).
  • Mackerel FAA is very effective in getting rid of mites and the green house whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum).
    • Dilute FAA with water and spray it on both sides of the leaf.
    • Do not use after the vegetative stage.
  • The effects of FAA are more observable when mixed with a pinch of urea.




Study on rice grown with Natural Farming Fish Amino Acids.

Drake Drake - ISNSF16 - Rice Growth w/ Fish Amino Acid - Julius Sugue



Congrats for learning about FAA!



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