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Commercial scale production of freshwater shrimp (Hyalella azteca)

Research Theme
Agriculture, Food and Environment
Lead Researcher
John Derksen
Duration of Project
Centre for Applied Research Internal Fund (CARIF)
Areas of Expertise
Project Description

Freshwater shrimp are an abundant natural form of forage in many lakes in North America and Alberta, providing enhanced growth rates to resident fish species. 

The objectives of the project was to develop a self-sustaining, disease-free culture of freshwater shrimp and design and test a scaled-up tank system to enhance their productivity.

Application of this would be to produce freshwater shrimp on a commercial scale with the use of plant and fish waste for the purposes of providing a live fish diet and enhancing the efficiency of aquaponics production through the conversion of suspended solids.