Obitutaries and Tributes
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Steven Serfling, 1944 to 2007, a Tribute: One night in September 1976, Steve and his business partner at the time, Dominick Mendola, scribbled down some aquaculture concepts that eventually led to trials with “bio-floc” shrimp farming. In the late 1970s, they built a zero-exchange, intensive, bio-floc, shrimp farming system capable of producing roughly 20,000 pounds of shrimp per acre per year, but no one would believe their numbers, and they could not get investors to buy into the concept.
Frank Hoff, 1938 to 2010, an Obituary: Harvey Persyn, one of the founding fathers of shrimp farming in the Western Hemisphere, who knew Frank throughout his career, prepared this obituary that documents Frank’s aquaculture accomplishments. During the early years of shrimp farming in the Western Hemisphere, Frank was one of the most reliable suppliers of shrimp hatchery equipment and supplies.
Howard Newman (1941-2013), a long-term participant in the international brine shrimp industry, died on November 25, 2013. In the 1970s Howard started Artemia, Inc., which he later sold to INVE Aquarculture, and in 1999, he and his son Greg started Desert Lake Techologies, which now employs 46 and has become one of the largest providers of blue-green algae in the world.