Promising to tell you the Prawn, the whole Prawn and nothing but the Prawn…….here I shine a light on global shrimp aquaculture and downstream markets……for those looking in from outside and those inside interested in the wider outside. Food trends, intelligence, tech, regulatory, investment and some fun, way out, or even wacky, shrimp material….
A technology to manage risk that was originally developed at Granmar shrimp farm in Ecuador in the early 1980’s to overcome seasonality issues with wild seed and make sure that any problems are caught early on in culture so that remedial action could be taken accordingly and losses minimized is now being implemented in an advanced RAS system in the US.
On Granmar shrimp farm, Ecuador. Prawnmaster as GM.
Vannamei feed testing and feeding techniques trials. Also stocking densities, nursery systems, live shrimp transfers and harvest pumps trialled. Vannamei test farm for PLs from first commercial hatchery with maturation of vannamei broodstock in the world – until then all seed was from wild.
Picture shows shrimp pellet feed blowers for ponds….put on back of trailer to feed two ponds at same time from berm. Also shows build of office and three on-farm appartments for management team.
What – EU does not have this already in place? Or is this a fund raising exercise?
Back in the 1980s and in South America we had access to NASA satellite pictures of our shrimp ponds in Ecuador. Idea was to use color and heat signature of 30 hectare ponds to calculate water/feed requirements – with feeding by modified crop duster plane and water exchange capabilities for pond algal growth.
It was too expensive and anyway better to have on ground analysis for rapid response – especially in proactive preventative pond culture husbandry. Yes shrimp farming was about growing and maintaining algal blooms in those days and efficiencies on fertilizers and water exchanges. Uneaten feed acted as fertilizer as well.
This UK announce project seems to be using NASA technology also.
With the advent of agTech localized drones I wonder if this is really necessary for crop production and management.