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January 10, 2015

United States/Ecuador

Nebraska—Ken Morrison Dies at 93

 

Kenneth Morrison, who developed the first large-scale shrimp hatchery and feed mill in Ecuador, died on January 6, 2015.  Morrison received the first Global Aquaculture Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 for his many enduring contributions to food and seafood production.  As a founding and governing member of GAA, his companies helped establish GAA and continued to support its expansion for 17 years.

During his long career, Morrison developed large-scale businesses involving grains, hogs, cattle, fishmeal, fishing and shrimp farming in North America, South America and Asia.

“Mr. Morrison was remarkably successful in a wide range of businesses,” said George Chamberlain, GAA president and business partner of Morrison. “While he had a commanding presence in business, his guiding principle was fairness.  In person, he was humble, adventurous and generous.”

When Kenneth and Milton Morrison arrived in Ecuador in the late 1970s, there wasn't so much as a shrimp hatchery in the country. So they built one. There were no feed mills, so they build one of those, too. And they--being farmers from Nebraska--used a lot of Yankee ingenuity and alfalfa technology to do it. By 1992, Morrison International's subsidiary, Granmar, was one of the largest shrimp producers in Ecuador--and one of the most innovative. Three hundred hectares (of its 1,300 hectares) were under intensive cultivation (using aeration), and fed from a plane that closely resembles a crop duster.

Sources: 1.  Undercurrent News [eight free news reads every month].  Editor, Tom Seaman (undercurrent@undercurrentnews.com).  GAA Founding Member Ken Morrison Passes.  January 9, 2015. 2. Seafood Leader. Editor and Publisher, Peter Redmayne. The Evolution of Ecuador. Roger Fitzgerald. V-12, N-6, P-62, November/December 1992 .3. Bob Rosenberry, Shrimp News International, November 12, 2016.

 

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