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September 21, 2014

United States

Indiana and Maryland, RDM Aquaculture and Marvesta


Shrimp farming is spreading in both coastal and inland regions of the United States, led primarily by farmers seeking to diversify their operations and entrepreneurs trying to make a buck.  Increased shrimp consumption in the United States has prompted one player after another to enter the field, as well as heightened awareness regarding the safety of food.  Higher prices for shrimp from overseas have also provided a tailwind.


Demand has risen higher than expected and business is booming, said Karlanea Brown, co-owner of RDM Aquaculture, LLC, a shrimp farming business in Indiana, about 1,000 kilometers from the Atlantic coast.  Thanks to shrimp, Karlanea said, she is financially set for life.  She began shrimp farming with her husband Darryl and others in 2009.  Their previous business of pig farming was plagued by falling prices, but shrimp have strong earning power.  RDM Aquaculture does not use antibiotics or chemical substances.  Its shrimp has become popular among customers, including restaurants and individual consumers, and currently sells for about $15 to $18 for a pound—twice the average market price.


Another successful shrimp farming business is Marvesta Shrimp Farms in Maryland, where shrimp swim around in small tanks about 3.6 meters in diameter, lined up in greenhouses in the middle of a sprawling farm.  Owner Guy Furman, 34, started the business when he was 22.  With demand rising in the United States for shrimp, Furman believed he could make a business from farming them.  He originally farmed shrimp in large tanks but struggled to maintain water quality.  The business began to take off after he introduced small tanks and used computers to precisely control water quality and nutrition.  Local shrimp is very popular and there is still room to grow, Furman said confidently.


In 2012, shrimp was the most-consumed seafood in the United States in terms of volume per capita, with consumption doubling over the last 20 years.  The growth of the USA shrimp farming industry has been prompted by increased health consciousness, which has led many to prefer seafood over meat.  About 90 percent of the shrimp consumed in the United States is imported from Asia and elsewhere.


Information: Karlanea Brown, RDM Aquaculture, LLC, 101 North 850 East, Fowler, Indiana 47944, USA (phone: 1-765-583-0052, email rdmshrimp1@gmail.com, webpage http://rdmshrimp.com).


Information: Guy Furman, Marvesta Shrimp Farms, 201 Enterprise Drive, Hurlock, Maryland 21643, USA (phone 443-271-9387, email guy@marvesta.com, webpage http://www.marvesta.com).


Source: The Japan News. U.S. Shrimp Farmers Cash in on Demand.  Tomoko Echizenya.  September 21, 2014.

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