Indoor Shrimp Growing System
Depletion of the world’s oceans has created the need for new sustainable ways to produce seafood. This has been especially true in the case of shrimp. The world’s natural ecosystem is rapidly being destroyed and almost 95% of the shrimp we eat are now raised in toxic open air ponds and imported from Southeast Asia and South America, where loose environmental regulations and optimal climates allow for production all year round.
Viral diseases and challenges from the environmental community toward traditional shrimp farming have been making consumers more aware of shrimp farming’s many flaws like habitat destruction, effluents of contaminated waste water, and use of pesticides and hormones.
Now a new and sustainable way of shrimp farming has evolved that protects shrimp from disease and protects the environment from hazardous shrimp farming practices, creating the possibility that indoor shrimp farming could become the cleanest seafood industry in the world!
Biofloc shrimp farming facilitates a bacterial community where the bacteria accumulate in clumps called flocs, which break down nitrogenous wastes and turn them into high-protein feed for the shrimp. The flocs process nitrogenous wastes and the shrimp feed on the flocs; this symbiotic relationship stabilizes water quality and supports rapid shrimp growth.
At Dairyland Shrimp LLC we use a biofloc heterotrophic saltwater system with zero water exchange; we re-circulate our water and therefore do not generate waste water. Waste feed and solids are diverted to clarifying tanks, where the solids settle and clear water is re-circulated back to the grow out tank. The floc also acts as part of the shrimp’s diet throughout the grow out period and the shrimp grow very efficiently, feeding off both the feed and the heterotrophic floc.
After 120 days of grow out, the shrimp weigh 20 grams and are ready for market. Most importantly, we feed our shrimp a protein-based diet and do not add hormones, chemicals, or antibiotics.