welcomed tightening of USA IUU seafood – illegal prawn imports by cowboys.

2019 – 11% seafood into USA from IUU

….and 9% farmed seafood fed IUU derived fishmeal.

Here’s hoping these figures go down down down

The trade in Prawn shipping…..

Marine shipping leaves “skid marks” and pollute the oceans with microplastics.

Reminder of two shrimp related issues.

  1. Shrimp viruses are more than likely transported in ship ballast waters to differing parts of the world.
  2. That Mitsubishi had a paint for the external hull of boats – passing a light electrical current through the paint gave off chlorine from a reaction with seawater and stopped barnacle/biofilm growth.

Prawn processing in the age of robotics and the new normal…

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 – info@iraishrimp.com

Joel Raposo – joel.raposo@gmail.com