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May 28, 2015

United States

Florida—American Mariculture, Crowd Funding

   

 

American Mariculture, an intensive shrimp farm on Pine Island off the southwest coast of Florida, is using crowd funding to raise $500,000, with a minimum reservation of $5,000.  It’s seeking expansion capital to fulfill orders from Costco, Kroger and Publix.

 

American Mariculture has established itself as the largest supplier of fresh, all-natural, USA-grown shrimp.

American Mariculture, Inc. (AMI), is the only USA shrimp farm that can deliver fresh shrimp in commercial quantities every day of the year.  During its first year in operation, it built the largest indoor shrimp farm in the USA, and signed deals with Kroger, Costco, Publix, Wegmans and Whole Foods.

 

Shrimp are hatched at its on-site hatchery, stocked in 48, large, rectangular tanks and harvested five months later.  Once harvested, they are processed at an on-site, HACCP certified seafood processing plant.  Branded as “Fresh Sun Shrimp”, they are shipped throughout North America and generally arrive at stores within 24 hours of harvest.

 

Personnel

 

Michael Mogollon, Chief Technology Officer, got his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Harvard and his Masters in Fisheries Management and Aquaculture from Auburn University.  He has 26 years of experience in intensive commercial-scale production of marine shrimp in both hatchery and growout operations.  He has held top technical positions in private sector shrimp farming since beginning as a hatchery manager in Ecuador in 1985.  He is a regular speaker at technical conferences and a widely respected aquaculturist.  He put his talents to use at Shrimp Improvement Systems (SIS), in the Florida Keys, where he was Operations Manager of the SPF shrimp-breeding center, one of the world’s best-known shrimp broodstock facilities.  He then joined OceanBoy Farms in 2001, where he was in charge of all shrimp farm operations and production.  He left in 2007 to start his own inland shrimp hatchery, EarthCare Aquaculture, and to study new intensive methods of raising shrimp year-round.

 

Robin Pearl, Chief Executive Officer, received his Bachelor’s degree in Management from Florida Atlantic University.  During his college days, he started a vending company that he sold and used proceeds to start OceanBoy Farms (OBF), a large shrimp farm in central Florida that’s no longer in business.  After building OBF into the largest USA shrimp farm and largest organic shrimp farm in the world, he left and started several other companies, including PurigeN98, a nitrogen-tire-inflation-equipment manufacturer that he built into the USA’s largest supplier of these systems for the automotive industry.  He subsequently started an energy monitoring company that combined low-cost hardware with an online management solution that allows individuals and companies to better manage and reduce their energy usage.

 

Video: For a five-minute of American Mariculture’s farm that shows its construction, greenhouses, equipment, labs, interiors, exteriors and on-site processing plant, Click Here.

 

Information: Robin Pearl, American Mariculture, Inc., 9703 Stringfellow Road, St. James City, Florida 33956, USA  (phone 239-260-4720, email info@sunshrimp.com, webpage http://www.sunshrimp.com/index_files/contact.htm).

 

Source: iCrowdNewswire.  American Mariculture.  May 27, 2015.

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