Researchers at the Oceanic Institute, an affiliate
of Hawai‘i Pacific University, expect to harvest a record
amount of shrimp this week from their biosecure round pond
at Makapu‘u Point.
Shrimp have been grown in a 0.08-acre pond for about 14 weeks
and researchers hope to harvest an estimated 9,000 pounds of
market-size shrimp. “This record harvest represents the
culmination of our research efforts and is a significant milestone
in shrimp aquaculture,” said Dr. Bruce Anderson, president
of Oceanic Institute.
With funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, Oceanic Institute and its research
partners developed a super-intensive production system which
is environmentally sustainable and produces high-quality, disease-free
shrimp for the U.S. consumer. “Our biosecure production
system relies on minimal water exchange. This approach not only
protects the external environment because there is no effluent,
but it also protects the shrimp by preventing the introduction
of disease-causing agents into the shrimp culture environment,” said
Dr. Shaun Moss, director of the Shrimp Department.
The shrimp production technology developed by OI researchers
not only results in a large amount of shrimp being produced in
a small amount of space, but it requires considerably less electricity
and equipment than other recirculating aquaculture systems operating
around the world. In addition, OI’s technology allows for
the production of shrimp inland, away from sensitive coastal
We are very excited about this trial because we have produced
more than 11 kilograms of shrimp per square meter of space,” said
Mr. Clete Otoshi, growout manager of the Shrimp Department. “This
technology is appropriate for Hawai‘i, where land costs
are high, as well as at more temperate latitudes on the mainland
because we can grow shrimp indoors. This technology will allow
shrimp farmers to grow fresh shrimp near large markets like Los
Angeles or New York.” An increase in the domestic production
of farmed shrimp will help supply the huge demand for shrimp
products in the U.S., which has resulted in a federal trade deficit
of more than $3 billion.
Oceanic Institute has donated some of the harvest to Waimanalo
Health Clinic and Job Corps. The remainder will be sold to local
seafood distributors and the proceeds will be used to support
continuing shrimp-related research at Oceanic Institute.
Oceanic Institute, an affiliate of Hawai‘i Pacific University,
is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to research, development
and transfer of oceanographic, marine environmental, and aquaculture
technologies. The largest marine aquaculture research institution
in the U.S., Oceanic Institute is a world leader in conducting
applied research in aquaculture production and marine resource
For more information, visit Oceanic Institute at www.oceanicinstitute.org.