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Aonori Aquafarms—Site Visit and Interview: On October 21-22, 2013, I visited Aonori Aquafarms, interviewed the management team, and hopped into one of the ponds with snorkel and mask. Aonori Aquafarms, located in San Quintin, Baja California, Mexico, has developed a unique way to farm shrimp. It grows Pacific brown shrimp (Farfantepenaeus californiensis), a cool water species, in ponds covered with a mat of macroalgae (Ulva clathrata). The shrimp feed on the algae and the small organisms that live in it, and the algae recycles shrimp waste products and produces oxygen! As a result, Aonori's feeding costs are 70% lower than those of traditional shrimp farms, and it does not need to invest in expensive aeration systems. The algae is harvested as a high-value crop.
Blue Archipelago: On March 2, 2012, at Aquaculture America 2012 (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA), I interviewd Dr. Nyan Taw, senior technical adviser at Blue Archipelago Berhad, which has two big shrimprs farms in Malaysia: iSharp/Kerpan in northwest Malaysia and iSharp/Setiu in northeast Malaysia. Both farms are increasing their use of bioflocs. Picture/Map.
The Larcos PL-Counter: On March 2, 2012, at Aquaculture America 2012 (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA), I interviewed Will Flanery and Eric Steimle (pronounced, “sty-mil”), co-founders of Larcos Aquaculture, which displayed a prototype of its Larcos PL-Counter at the trade show. Hatcheries need to count PLs when they are harvested and when they are shipped to shrimp farms. Farms need to count PLs to make sure they got the correct amount from the hatchery. The counter is accurate, fast and provides a digital record of everything it does. Pictures/Diagram.
Pescanova—The Largest Shrimp Farming Company in the Western Hemisphere: Pescanova's Manuel Fernandez de Sousa Has Assembled the Largest Shrimp Farming Venture in the Western Hemisphere. Larry Drazba Pulled It Together and Tells the Story.
The Rise and Fall of a Shrimp Farm in South Africa: Laurence Evans has compiled a remarkable amount of data on the shrimp farm he managed in South Africa and published it as a 77-page report that chronicles his battle to make the farm work. That battle came to an end in 2004. His biggest enemies were a short season (29° S Lat), foreign shrimp imports and, in the end, the crushing drop in shrimp prices from 2000 to 2004. For more information on his report and information on how to download a free PDF of it, click on the link above. Pictures. Map.
Barry Bowen and Belize Aquaculture, Ltd.: The most famous shrimp farmer in the Western Hemisphere, Sir Barry Bowen (64), died in a plane crash on Friday, February 26, 2010. Bowen owned Belize Aquaculture, Ltd., an environmentally friendly, intensive shrimp farm in Belize, Central America. Robins McIntosh, currently a Senior Vice President at Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Co., Ltd., in Thailand, one of the largest shrimp farming ventures in the world, managed Belize Aquaculture for its first five years. When the farm began commercial operations in 1997, McIntosh and Bowen ushered in a whole new way of farming shrimp.
A Brief History and Current Status of Shrimp Farming in Thailand: At Nicovita’s Fifth Annual Symposium 2011 in Honduras (November 23, 2011), Dr. Brian Hunter, Director of Aquaculture Business and Technical Development for Diamond V, which markets science-based shrimp feed ingredients in Thailand, gave a presentation titled “‘Shrimp Aquaculture in Thailand—History and Current Status.” His talk covered: feeding, aeration, closed and semi-closed systems, low salinity pond culture, polyculture—and automatic feeders (see pictures at the end of this report).