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January 13, 2015

United States

Utah—Two Competitive Brine Shrimp Suppliers




According to Don Leonard, Chairman and CEO of the Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative, formed in 2006 as an aggregation of several companies that had harvested brine shrimp eggs since the 1990s, and Ocean Star International, sell a total of $30-$35 million worth of brine shrimp eggs every year.  The Great Salt Lake provides 35 percent of the world’s harvest of brine shrimp eggs, which are then sold to shrimp hatcheries and aquarium shops around the world.


The two companies acquire permits for each of their boats and can harvest brine shrimp eggs, also known as cysts, from October 1 to January 31.  The eggs typically collect on the surface of the lake, creating a slick that looks similar to an oil slick.  Scout boats are used to locate the slicks and once they claim the area, larger boats harvest the eggs.  The eggs are collected in bags and transported to the companies’ headquarters where they are rinsed, sorted, dehydrated and canned


Information: Don Leonard, Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative,1750 West, 2450 South, Ogden, Utah 84401 Utah, USA (phone 1-801-622-1111,  fax 1-801-876-7100, webpage


Information: Ocean Star International, 3961 NW 126 Avenue, Coral Springs, Florida 33065, USA  (phone 954-753-4533, email, webpage


Sources: 1.  A Look at the Competitive Brine Shrimp Industry of Great Salt Lake.  Faith Heaton Jolley.  January 12, 2015.  2. Bob Rosenberry, Shrimp News International, January 13, 2015.

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