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November 23, 2015
Minnesota—trū Shrimp Research Facility Operational
On November 23, 2016, trū Shrimp™ Systems announced that its state-of-the-art shrimp research center is fully operational. The facility includes 144 clear-water primary research tanks, 36 biofloc primary research tanks, 16 nursery tanks and laboratories for animal health, water quality and shrimp feed. The research center, which is pushing the boundaries of shrimp production, contains two commercial scale Tidal Basins™, stacked raceway systems.
The research center is featured on the company website http://www.trushrimpsystems.com. [Shrimp News: This is one of the slickest websites every created by a shrimp farming company. Check it out!]
The research center has been ramping up for several weeks and is supported by a staff of eight technicians who are overseen by renowned shrimp expert and Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Addison Lawrence. The bio-secure facility currently houses 390,000 shrimp and is capable of supporting more than 1,000,000 shrimp at capacity. A primary focus of the research center is scaling up Dr. Lawrence’s patented Tidal Basin™ technology, formerly referred to as a super-intensive raceway system. The research phase of the Tidal Basin™ technology is the final step before construction of the first multi-million-pound-per-year shrimp production facility. For Dr. Lawrence, the research center is a continuation of his personal pursuit to develop better technology to feed the world.
“If you want to be a leader, and if you want to do something for mankind and really do it the best you need technology. That has been at the forefront of the United States,” Dr. Lawrence said. “In order for trū Shrimp™ Systems to remain the leader of the shrimp industry, and for us to further optimize the trū Shrimp™ System, we have to further optimize the technology. The technology is completely adequate for commercialization today, but we are far from optimization. We need to create new technology for mankind that will decrease the cost of shrimp production, and increase the quality of shrimp that we are producing at the same time. This research center is critical for us to develop the full potential of shrimp.”
The research center is available for contract research. Prebiotics, probiotic, other shrimp nutrition ingredients or new feed manufacturing processes can be tested by the foremost shrimp nutritionist and expert on shrimp production in the world. The research environment is a consistent 86° F (30° C) and 50% humidity. The 144 clear-water research tanks are designed for 11 inches of water depth with variable aeration and salinity. Tanks have individual feeders. The center also has 36 biofloc tanks with variable aeration, salinity and individual feeders. Design and analytical services are also available.
trū Shrimp™ Systems General Manager Michael Ziebell said the research center is a reflection of the expert care and consideration the company is taking to successfully scale up Tidal Basin™ technology for commercial production.
“We are going about the commercialization of the Tidal Basin™ technology that Professor Lawrence started at Texas A&M University in a very methodical way. I want to stress that we are doing this right,” Ziebell said. “The Research Center contains the first scaled-up commercial versions of a Tidal Basin™. We are taking what Professor Lawrence learned at Texas A&M University and...have scaled it up in both size and length to confirm everything that he has learned. We have no reservations that this can be done, but we are going to test it, and we are going to conduct research so that when we provide this to the world as a trū Shrimp™ System, it will be backed up by extensive research.”
trū Shrimp™ Systems is a brand of Ralco, a third-generation family owned multinational company with distribution in more than 30 countries. A leading global provider of livestock nutrition, animal health products and crop enhancement products, Ralco supports large segments of the livestock, poultry, aquaculture and crop industries.
Source: Ralco Nutrition. News Release: Shrimp™ Systems Opens State-of-the-Art Shrimp Research Center/Advanced Shrimp Research Center Is Open and Research Is Well Underway. November 23, 2015.
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