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November 23, 2014

United States

Texas—KAAPA Aqua Ventures’ 2014 Harvest

 

Commenting on its recent shrimp harvest, Marge Lauer, chairwoman of KAAPA Aqua Ventures (formerly Harlingen Shrimp Farms), a south Texas shrimp farm, said some ponds set records, while two ponds hardly produced anything.

 

The shrimp farm has a sophisticated system of water channels, dikes and 440 acres of ponds that are filled with saltwater from the bay and stocked with 70,000 to 80,000 shrimp per acre from the farm’s 40,000-square-foot hatchery.  Lauer said some shrimp grew so fast that they were harvested in August at a size they didn’t reach until November last year, a drought year.  In 2014, the farm produced 153,000 pounds of shrimp, but Lauer said fewer acres were in production this year because of a decision to use smaller ponds for easier water exchange.  The shrimp were sold to brokers who supply to grocery stores and restaurants.

 

“We don’t think we’ll finish off the year as strong as we had hoped financially.  But we were pleased with the (shrimp) quality,” Lauer said, and the plan is to continue using smaller ponds in 2015.  Also continuing will be the diversification into red fish and tilapia.

 

Information: Marge Lauer, Executive Director, KAAPA Aqua Ventures, 1015 Second Avenue, Lower Level, First Tier Bank Building, East Door, Kearney, Nebraska 68847, USA (phone 1-308-234-2712, fax 1-308-234-2712, email info@kaapa.com, webpage http://www.kaapacoop.com/index.html).

 

Source: Kearney Hub.  Texas Shrimp Farm Has Roller-Coaster Year.  Lori Potter (email lori.potter@kearneyhub.com).  December 22, 2014.

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