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April 18, 2015

United States

Texas—Harry Cook (1934–2015)


Harry Cook, one of the founding fathers of world shrimp farming, died on April 13,2015, a week short of his 81st birthday.  With his associates at the Galveston Laboratory of the National Marine Fishery Service, Harry was the person most responsible for the development of the Galveston Method of raising shrimp larvae.


He got started in shrimp farming in 1959 and kept at it until 1996.  In 2005, he retired and donated his library to Texas A&M University.  During the early part of his career, he was one of the few shrimp farming consultants from the United States that worked in the Eastern Hemisphere, and during the second half of his career he worked mostly in the Western Hemisphere.  In between all of this, he even started his own shrimp farm in Texas.


In the Eastern Hemisphere, he worked in Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.


In the Western Hemisphere, he worked in Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Mexico.  In the process, he teamed up with some of the other shrimp farming legions like Harvey Persyn and Henry Clifford.


Shrimp News: On April 17, 2007, I interviewed Harry Cook about his history in shrimp farming.  read the full interview.  If you want to make some comments on Harry’s contribution to shrimp farming, please email them to Bob Rosenberry.


Granvil Treece: Granvil contributed several important details to this report, including the two pictures.  Information: Granvil Treece, Treece and Associates, 927 PR 1236, Lampasas, Texas 76550, USA (phone 1-979-255-6645, email


Sources: 1. Email to Shrimp News International.  Subject: Harry Cook Passed Away.  Granvil Treece.  April 14, 2014.  2. Shrimp News International’s webpage.  Harry Cook. April 17, 2007.

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