Prawn, just like insects, can also be grown on agricultural or plant wastes. Vegan shrimp.

I mean omniverous vannamei already proven to grow on just algae and/or bacterial flocs.

It’s just nobody has done shrimp like this to date 100% and marketed it as such.

Vegetarian grown shrimp..

As part of circular economy perhaps worthy of exploration?


The prawn of tomorrow…

IoT and AI is not just about robotic feeding systems.

One day perhaps we will see bespoke feed mixes made to adjust to conditions on specific wired up shrimp farms…..

The Economist | The cow of tomorrow

Nursery ponds to save RAS shrimp project.

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.

NaturalShrimp, Inc. Announces Lifting of Quarantine at its La Coste, Texas,

Prawnmaster in November 1983 – pioneering and trialling vannamei shrimp farming technology.

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.

Startup’s hi-tech bucket gets in way of shrimp strategy pursued by Cargill, Skretting.

….come on Matt!

You must know by now shrimp aquaculture is a numbers game!

Survival is the only important variable in Western Hemisphere shrimp culture.

Growth rate is known depending stocking density and feeding strategy used.

Final harvest volume therefore linked directly to seed survival which means initial number stocked/traded.

Can mean repeat business for hatcheries to get good survivals downstream.

Farmers also like survival over growth in the Americas where there have been several PL counting machines developed over the decades.

Shirley Metzger (Sort-rite out of Texas) personally showed me one effective counter at a trade show once.

It was meant to be independant of human intervention (cheating?). So can understand appeal but surely Skretting/Cargill could buy company…

…aha are you on the Board or an advisor perhaps? Or have had contractual work with the.?

Anyway hatchery PL counts in the land of vannamei became more exacting than bartering on beaches for wild larvae…..

All systems tested…size, length, weight, volumetric, mixed……then check rostra to see if really vannamei, styli or some other species.

Stress test and exacting counts became norm in Western Hemisphere shrimp aquaculture hatchery operations and industry development especially for farms where survival is the most valued seed trait.

In SE Asia , India and China growth rate is more important than survival rates. Probably because billions of seed can easily and rapidly be supplied cheaply if needed…

The technological challenge for shrimp….

Short term place your money on smaller bets. If your cash is not giving you the aspired returns.

Of course they will not be as disruptive as aquaculture has been on fishing or protein production.

Long term perhaps a good look here:

Yuval Noah Harari – 21 lessons for the 21st Century.

Gets interesting around page 120.

BBC News: Temperature maps from space would ‘boost crop production’.

BBC News – Temperature maps from space would ‘boost crop production’

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.