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Who Is York Wong?


Hi all, I’m from China.  I’d like to find out if there are any training or job opportunities at eco-friendly shrimp farms in Asia.  Most of the shrimp farms I know of in China rely heavily on water exchange, and I think that’s one thing that needs to be changed.


I came from a microbiology background and got my Master’s in Microbiology from the University of Oklahoma in the United States.  My past research experience includes bacterial dynamics in biological hydrogen production, the effect of a bacterial co-culture on the production of cellulosic ethanol and the expression of medical proteins using Bacillus subtilis for people suffering from phenylketonuria (PKU).


While working for a shrimp and a grouper farm in China, I stumbled into aquaculture.  I was shocked when I saw hundreds of tons of effluents being discharged into the ocean every day just to maintain the total ammonia nitrogen (TAN) and nitrite levels in the ponds.  That’s when I decided to find ways to treat and reuse the effluent.


I am looking for opportunities to get hands-on experience in aquaculture and hopefully make some of the shrimp farming practice in China a little “greener.”  I would appreciate it if you guys connected me to some of the eco-friendly aquaculture farms in Asia or other countries.


Sources: 1. The Shrimp List (a mailing list for shrimp farmers).  Subject: Looking for Training and Job Opportunities at Eco-Friendly Shrimp Farms in Asia.  July 6, 2017.