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ECOshrimp and Zemach Feed Mill partner for RAS shrimp feeds
January 21, 2022 By Hatchery International Staff
ECOshrimp and Zemach Feed Mill have announced a partnership which will work toward developing a dedicated shrimp food bled of super-intensive shrimp cultivation in a closed recirculating aquaculture system (RAS). The new feed blend will be based on Zemach’s existing blend, and ECOshrimp will define the parameters of the collaboration, collecting and monitoring data at its growing facilities.
“The food blend will be carefully designed by the research and development (R&D) department and in collaboration with our nutrition department to suit the intensive ECOshrimp growing system at all stages of the shrimp lifecycle, meeting the high standards required to grow fresh and healthy produce, without the use of antibiotics and chemicals,” explain dr. Shlomo Pleban, R&D manager of Zemach Feed Mill.
With global shrimp production currently weighing around five million tons per year, with a market value of $30 billion, ECOshrimp is aiming to reinvent the shrimp-growing industry by means of closed growing system.
“The closed system developed by ECOshrimp has significant environmental, health and economic benefits over traditional cultivation, which is currently carried out in shallow pools near the sea, utilizing large areas of great ecological importance, such as mangrove forests,” says Dr. Eran Hadas, CTO of ECOshrimp. “ECOshrimp’s RAS technology is an innovative system that is efficiently and economically controlled and does not depend on proximity to a water source or climatic conditions,” added Hadas. “It enables shrimp to be fed artificially and in a controlled manner, without the use of chemicals and antibiotics, until they reach a market weight of up to 25 grams within 15 weeks uniform growth – and all this close to market.”
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