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September 18, 2014

Germany

Green Aqua Farming

 

After 10 months of construction, Green Aqua Farming stocked its first commercial recirculating shrimp farm in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with Penaeus vannamei larvae, potentially kicking off a new shrimp farming movement in Germany.  The farm, located in an insulated, 1,300-square-meter building, cost $2.2 million and will harvest its first shrimp in January 2015, said Gerrit Quantz, co-founder of the company.  The farm has the capacity to produced 15 metric tons a year.  The shrimp will be raised in four double-deck tanks from a size of 0.5 grams to 30 grams—and interest in Germany is tremendous, Quantz said.  Quantz thinks the company will be able to sell fresh shrimp for $49-$51 a kilogram.

 

A second farm is being built for another company next door to Green Aqua Farming, and negotiations are underway for a 30-metric-ton farm in Munich—and more could follow in Austria and Poland, he said.

 

Quantz said you can’t get fresh shrimp in Germany, only frozen, apart from the odd supplier who might source fresh shrimp from Oman, which according to him fetch prices of up to $90-$100 per kilogram.

 

While the company is not planning to target retailers—due to its high prices—it will sell to high-end foodservice clients as well as online customers.

 

Green Aqua Farming was founded by Quantz and investor Yorck Dyckerhoff in 2012. While it will be running the farm under its own name, it is also offering consultation, design and technology expertise to third parties.

 

Source: Intrafish.  German Recirc Shrimp Farm Launched.  Elisabeth Fischer.  September 18, 2014.

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