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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
Project Description

Freshwater, Ostracod shrimp are an abundant natural form of forage in many lakes in North America and Alberta, providing enhanced growth rates to resident fish species. Though capable of production on a small scale for lab studies, no large-scale production of this species is documented. We wish to produce freshwater shrimp on a commercial scale for the purpose of: 1) providing a live diet to enhance the intensive culture of walleye (Sander vitreus) in recirculating aquaculture systems, and 2) enhancing the recycling of solids in aquaponics systems.