Sino Agro Food's Mega Prawn Farm: At the World Aquaculture Society Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (February 22–26, 2016), I interviewed Dr. Anthony Ostrowski, Chief Scientific Officer at Sino Agro Food, Inc. (SIAF), which has embarked on the development of a “mega” freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) farm in China. SIAF had revenues of $429 million in 2015. The farm is designed to produce a minimum of 100,000 metric tons of prawns a year and will cost $2 billion.
New Mexico Shrimp Company: On November 8, 2015, I interviewed Dr. Tracey Carrillo, co-owner of New Mexico Shrimp Company in Mesquite, New Mexico. Dr. Carrillo was in Silicon Valley to give a presentation at Fish 2.0, a business competition that connects sustainable fishing and aquaculture businesses with potential investors. The event was held on the campus of Stanford University.
The Status of Shrimp Farming in Vietnam 2014: The March 2015 edition of World Aquaculture, the quarterly magazine of the World Aquaculture Society, contains an excellent article by several Vietnamese researchers (see Source below) on the history and current status of shrimp farming in Vietnam. Here I report on the current status. You can view the history report at A Brief History of Shrimp Farming in Vietnam.
Grupo Acuicolo Mexicano (GAM) is the largest integrate shrimp farm in Mexico. It has two big shrimp farms and a hatchery in Baja California Sur, shrimp farms in Sinoloa and Sonora, a huge feed mill and processing plant in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, a trucking company to tie its operations together, and two exciting super-intensive farms under development in the state of Colima. In addtion, GAM proceses shrimp for third parties and supplies them with hatchery and growout feeds.
Acuamaya: At the Tenth Central American Aquaculture Symposium (Teguciga
lpa, Honduras, August 27–29, 2014), I interviewed Alexander deBeausset, known as “Zandy”, Vice President of Production and Operations at Acuamaya, Guatemala’s largest shrimp farm.
Grupo Granjas Marinas: Although it has had a few name changes over the decades, Grupo Granjas Marinas (GGM) is today the largest and one of the most successful integrated shrimp farming operations (broodstock facilities, hatcheries, farms and processing plants) in the Western Hemisphere. Some of you might even remember it as Sea Farms International, its original name in the late 1960s. Today, it has 6,200 hectares of ponds and management contracts with local shrimp farmers that operate 2,000 hectares of ponds. For those of you unfamiliar with the metric systems and hectares, 8,200 hectares is more than 20,000 acres of ponds.
At the Tenth Central American Aquaculture Symposium (Tegucigalpa, Honduras, August 27–29, 2014), I interviewed Victor Wilson, general manager, and Brian Boudreau, production manager, and visited their farm in Choluteca, Honduras.
Aonori Aquafarms—Site Visit and Interview: On October 21-22, 2013, I visited Aonori Aquafarms, interviewed the management team, and hopped into one of the ponds with snorkel and mask. Aonori Aquafarms, located in San Quintin, Baja California, Mexico, has developed a unique way to farm shrimp. It grows Pacific brown shrimp (Farfantepenaeus californiensis), a cool water species, in ponds covered with a mat of macroalgae (Ulva clathrata). The shrimp feed on the algae and the small organisms that live in it, and the algae recycles shrimp waste products and produces oxygen! As a result, Aonori's feeding costs are 70% lower than those of traditional shrimp farms, and it does not need to invest in expensive aeration systems. The algae is harvested as a high-value crop.
Blue Archipelago: On March 2, 2012, at Aquaculture America 2012 (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA), I interviewd Dr. Nyan Taw, senior technical adviser at Blue Archipelago Berhad, which has two big shrimprs farms in Malaysia: iSharp/Kerpan in northwest Malaysia and iSharp/Setiu in northeast Malaysia. Both farms are increasing their use of bioflocs. Picture/Map.
Pescanova—The Largest Shrimp Farming Company in the Western Hemisphere: Pescanova's Manuel Fernandez de Sousa Has Assembled the Largest Shrimp Farming Venture in the Western Hemisphere. Larry Drazba Pulled It Together and Tells the Story.
The Rise and Fall of a Shrimp Farm in South Africa: Laurence Evans has compiled a remarkable amount of data on the shrimp farm he managed in South Africa and published it as a 77-page report that chronicles his battle to make the farm work. That battle came to an end in 2004. His biggest enemies were a short season (29° S Lat), foreign shrimp imports and, in the end, the crushing drop in shrimp prices from 2000 to 2004. For more information on his report and information on how to download a free PDF of it, click on the link above. Pictures. Map.
Barry Bowen and Belize Aquaculture, Ltd.: The most famous shrimp farmer in the Western Hemisphere, Sir Barry Bowen (64), died in a plane crash on Friday, February 26, 2010. Bowen owned Belize Aquaculture, Ltd., an environmentally friendly, intensive shrimp farm in Belize, Central America. Robins McIntosh, currently a Senior Vice President at Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Co., Ltd., in Thailand, one of the largest shrimp farming ventures in the world, managed Belize Aquaculture for its first five years. When the farm began commercial operations in 1997, McIntosh and Bowen ushered in a whole new way of farming shrimp.