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January 29, 2016

United States

Florida—Five Shrimp Farms and a Big Hatchery

 

There are at least five commercial shrimp farms operating in Florida and potentially some smaller ones that are not well known.  In addition, Shrimp Improvements Systems, the largest shrimp hatchery in the USA, is located in Florida.

 

1. Woods Fisheries operates a 54.6-acre, inland shrimp farm—Gulf American Shrimp—near Port St. Joe, Florida.  Mark Godwin is the farm manager.  The farm has been in business since 2003, when it purchased an old catfish farm.  It produced 217,211 pounds in 2015.

 

2. American Mariculture, Inc., operates an indoor shrimp farm on 17-mile-long Pine Island.  Robin Pearl is the owner and manager.

 

3. Florida Organic Aquaculture, LLC., operates an indoor shrimp raceway production system on a 122-acre site near Fellsmere, Florida.  Currently, 8.4 acres of raceways are in production under two pole barns.  A total of 33.6 acres under roof are planned with 8 large buildings, plus a hatchery, nursery and processing plant.

 

4. Ithuba Shrimp. Owner, Les Knoesen.  Fellsmere, Florida (near Florida Organic Aquaculture facility).

 

5. Fresh Shrimp USA, LLC., a has 40-acre site in Indiantown, Florida and plans to grow shrimp outdoors in lined ponds using biofloc technology.  It reported good initial production in 2015.

 

6. Shrimp Improvement Systems (SIS) produces Penaeus vannamei broodstock and postlarvae in the Florida Keys, near Islamorada.

 

Source: Email to Shrimp News International (with two PDFs).  US Mainland Aquaculture Production for 2015 and Florida Shrimp Aquaculture Report.  Granvil Treece.  January 25, 2016.

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