Obitutaries and Tributes
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Barry Bowen (1945 to 2010): The most famous shrimp farmer in the Western Hemisphere, Sir Barry Bowen (64), died in a plane crash on Friday, February 26, 2010. Bowen owned Belize Aquaculture, Ltd., an environmentally friendly, intensive shrimp farm in Belize, Central America.
Henry Branstetter (1914 to 2008): Henry Branstetter, former President of Ocean Garden Products, Inc., and one of the pioneers of the USA shrimp industry, died on Sunday, March 2, 2008, in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was 94.
Harry Cook (1934 to 2015), a Memorial: The June 2015 issue of World Aquaculture (the quarterly magazine of the World Aquaculture Society), contains a wonderful memorial, with contributions from Harvey Persyn, Granvil Treece and Henry Clifford, to Harry Cook, one of the founding fathers of world shrimp farming.
Isabel Perez Farfante (1916 to 2009):Isabel is best known for her many publications on the systematics and reproductive morphology of penaeid shrimp. She, with Brian Kensley, published Penaeoid and Sergestoid Shrimps and Prawns of the World in 1997, a most important and useful monograph on the systematics of dendrobranchiate shrimps.
ALec Forbes (1940 to 2007): From 2004 through most of 2006, Dr. Alec Forbes, a shrimp farming consultant who developed innovative shrimp farms all over the world, worked for Namibia's (southwest Africa) Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources. In late 2006, however, he was medivacked to Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with a severe lung problem and died on August 30, 2007.
David Griffith (1961–2016), On February 21, 2016, David Griffith, a shrimp farming consultant that worked in Ecuador, Venezuela, Belize and most recently Saudi Arabia, died suddenly.
Frank Hoff (1938 to 2010) an Obituary: Harvey Persyn, one of the founding fathers of shrimp farming in the Western Hemisphere, who knew Frank throughout his career, prepared this obituary that documents Frank’s aquaculture accomplishments. During the early years of shrimp farming in the Western Hemisphere, Frank was one of the most reliable suppliers of shrimp hatchery equipment and supplies.
Jiro Kittaka (1929 to 2013): His work led to the mass production of P. japonicus, setting the stage for the first round of shrimp hatcheries around the world.
Art Lowe (1936 to 2009): Art helped pioneer shrimp farming in Hawaii, Ecuador and Malaysia. The Lowe Group owned interests in a prawn hatchery in Malaysia and a 750-acre shrimp farm in Ecuador. In 1978, Lowe built Lowe Aquafarm, one of the largest prawn farms in Hawaii.
Cornelius Raymond Mock (1933 to 2015): In the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s, Corny Mock was, perhaps, the most famous, or infamous, person in world shrimp farming, mostly for his trip reports from shrimp consulting assignments around the world, but also for his salty language, over-the-top personality and personal vendettas.
Kenneth Morrison (1923 to 2015): 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.
Paul and Mike Mulvihill (2002): In unrelated incidents, Paul and his son Michael died in August 2002. Michael was a good friend of Shrimp News International, the World Aquaculture Society—and shrimp hatcheries worldwide. In Michael's honor, the Mulvihill family created the M.P. Mulvihill Aquaculture Student Scholarship, awarded within the World Aquaculture Society community.
Howard Newman (1941-2013), a long-term participant in the international brine shrimp industry, died on November 25, 2013. In the 1970s Howard started Artemia, Inc., which he later sold to INVE Aquarculture, and in 1999, he and his son Greg started Desert Lake Techologies, which now employs 46 and has become one of the largest providers of blue-green algae in the world.
Jim Norris (1946-2010): Jim Norris, one of the true pioneers of shrimp farming, died from pancreatic cancer Saturday, May 1, 2010, at age 64, in Sebastian, Florida. A native of South Carolina, Jim designed and operated some of the earliest and most advanced shrimp hatcheries in the Americas while working for Sea Farms, Inc, in Florida and Honduras.
Steven Serfling, 1944 to 2007, a Tribute: One night in September 1976, Steve and his business partner at the time, Dominick Mendola, scribbled down some aquaculture concepts that eventually led to trials with “bio-floc” shrimp farming. In the late 1970s, they built a zero-exchange, intensive, bio-floc, shrimp farming system capable of producing roughly 20,000 pounds of shrimp per acre per year, but no one would believe their numbers, and they could not get investors to buy into the concept.