Too much cheap and cheerful vannamei from SE Asia .
On a full moon back in the 1980’s in Ecuador the habit of carniverous stylirostris to invert and prey on insects caught in the surface water tension (moons reflection) was recorded while vannamei kept swimming subsurface.
Stomach analysis showed that vannamei not an insect eater but grazes on algae and zooplancton. While styli was into the insect grub.
Underwater lights were explored.
Not so sure – insects grown for growing shrimp (distant arthropod cousins) while insects grown for directly feeding humans may be better path to follow.
Cannot speak for fish though…
Untouched by human hands. Zero additives. Buy shrimp heads-on…..
….however CONVENIENCE is a major end consumer requirement and becoming more so across the globe.
It is the major US market shrimp demand pull. It is a North/South European divide.
Unfortunately further processing, such as de-heading, deveining and peeling shrimp brings along it’s own issues – of course firstly, manual handling carries its own human to food safety and, secondly, labor issues – including high risk work environment, low wages, worker exploitation and even cases of slave labor in the associated fish feed industry.
Seek a robotic shrimp de-heading machine and, well, there ain’t any!
BUT hang-on there…….
iRaishrimp S.L., a specialized shrimp aquaculture industry company based in Valencia, Spain, together with local and US partners, have been progressing successfully.
With a prototype built, full tests to be completed end of March 2021 and a priority date obtained on a utility patent filing iRaishrimp S.L is currently seeking a further round of pre-seed investment that would see them through the final development milestones and on to the stage of production of their first commercial inventory.
Seems like their robotic shrimp de-heading/deveining machine has CIP with UV and washdown capabilities. Further enhancements look to include defect controls, size classification, bespoke robotic tail peeling, and even a steam cook function.
So, if interested, or if network interested, do not hesitate to get in touch :
Fernando Sanchez de Lara – firstname.lastname@example.org
Joel Raposo – email@example.com