SeaFood Business

MAY 2013

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Special Feature Special Feature farm is that they use seawater hauled in from the nearby Atlantic. Water temperature Continued from page 40 looks nondescript within a row of brick warehouses. But inside, balmy temperatures are the frst clue that something diferent is happening here. Te 7,200-square-foot interior includes an ofce and laboratory in addition to fve fberglass tanks that are 6 feet deep and 12 feet across and hold about 6,000 shrimp each. Te frst batch of postlarval shrimp arrived from a Florida hatchery on Nov. 30. Te shrimp were the size of "mosquito larvae," says Howard. "You could hardly see them." Four months later, the shrimp had grown to market size, but were still hardly visible in the tanks' brown waters. Te biological flter system (called "biofoc") is a type of raised recirculating aquaculture system that only cleans a percentage of the water at a time, leaving the shrimp in water that is closer to their natural environment: It's murky, but in a good way. In carving out a new niche of farmed domestic product, the burgeoning crop of U.S. shrimp farmers won't be looking toward each other for help, at least not yet. Tran hired a consultant from the Netherlands to help develop the system (he declined to name the consultant). As business partner Jimmy Devine explains, the information about biofoc is out there, but they're not interested in giving away technology secrets after doing the legwork and paying for it. "When I say proprietary — not really; [the technology is] just hard to fnd," he says. One unique aspect of the 46 SeaFood Business May 2013 further growth, which could include a vacant, adjacent warehouse space. "In every state, I want to put a shrimp farm. I believe this could be done." — James Tran, owner and CEO, Sky 8 Shrimp Farm is kept around 88 degrees and the shrimp are fed Zeigler shrimp feed from Florida. Tough the operation is small in scale now, the investors hope to grow. Devine is already building two 63by-10 foot raceway tanks in the same space. Tey are looking for investors for Tran's vision for shrimp farming goes beyond the Stoughton warehouse. With his high-tech background he believes he can improve on other indoor shrimp farms. He's invested in the future, which is why he wants to grow. "I want to change the whole process of it," he says. "If I run a familyowned business, $275,000 is more than enough, but I want to build this for the long term," he says of the sum invested thus far. Tran hopes that investors will see the operation and use the technology to build similar shrimp farms elsewhere. "In every state, I want to put a shrimp farm," he says. "I believe this could be done." Email Melissa Wood at Ad Index Advertiser Page Asian Seafood Exposition 37 Capital Sea 31 Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods 3 Clear Springs Foods Inc 9 High Liner Foods 17 High Liner Foods 27 Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board 6+7 Lynden Logistics 35 Marine Products Export Development Authority 23 Mazzetta Company, LLC 11 Mississippi Seafood Marketing 33 Morey's Seafood International LLC Ocean Beauty Seafoods LLC Sea Watch International CV2 15 CV3 Seafood Barcelona 43 SeafoodSource com 39 SeaShare 41 Shining Ocean, Inc 21 Trident Seafoods CV4 Twin Tails Seafood 25 USDC/NOAA Seafood Inspection Program 19 Verlasso 29 Visit us online at

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