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July 4, 2014

United States

Massachusetts—Sky 8 Shrimp Farm


James Tran, a semiconductor designer, started Sky8 Shrimp Farm two years ago, one of a growing number of small, high-tech shrimp farms in America racing to meet the country’s seemingly insatiable appetite for shrimp, without ravaging the environment, using harmful chemicals or depending on overseas suppliers accused of labor rights violations.


His extended family in Vietnam engages in traditional coastal shrimp farming, the kind often linked to environmental, food safety and labor troubles.  But at Sky8, shrimp mature in fiberglass tanks fitted with advanced recirculation, filtration and temperature control systems.  Run by four workers, the shrimp feed on fishmeal, algae and seaweed, while Tran works on a feed that is free of fishmeal.


Tran sells as much as 1,300 pounds of fresh shrimp a month to local high-end retailers and restaurants at $15 a pound, about twice the price of imported frozen shrimp.  He says Sky8 is struggling to meet demand.  “We desperately need to expand capacity,” he said.


Information: James Tran, Sky8 Shrimp Farm, 250 Tosca Drive, Stoughton, Massachusetts 02072, USA (phone 1-781-297-3888, email, webpage


Source: The New York Times.  Business Day/Shrimp’s New Path to the Plate/ With Wild Stocks of Shrimp Dwindling, Tank Farming Is on the Rise.  Hiroko Tabuchi.  Picture Credit, Gretchen Ertl.  July 2, 2014.

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