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Shrimp Farming Shrimp Aquaculture is the farming of shrimp in hatcheries which control the lighting temperature salinity hormonal cycles and nutrients This article contains background information on shrimp farming In addition it includes information about the supposed endangerment of the wild shrimp population The primary objective of all shrimp farmers is to develop an environmentally friendly shrimp farm And a 100 eco-friendly shrimp farm a shrimp farm with no effect on the environment is not far in the future Today the only way it could be done was with zero exchange ponds Shrimp farmers are now producing an average of 14000000 pounds per acre per crop with 2444 crops per year They are using technology that could be deployed in any warm climate So shrimp dont have to be at sea level or anywhere near the coast Now farming can be done in the middle of the Sahara Desert All drainage canals lead in to settling basins there is no drainage directly to the lagoon Everything that goes through the farm goes into a settling basin where after a week or so it can be discharged into the lagoon or pumped back to the ponds All the dikes are planted with St Augustine grass which prevents erosion Once the ponds are filled there is no seepage The ponds used are mandatory to be lined with black 30 to 40 mil high-density polyethylene liners They are able to harvest the small ponds in 30 minutes and the one-acre ponds in three hours The day after harvest they clean up the little patches of sludge Three days later they restock the shrimp One disease that has affected us is a hepatopancreatic disease caused by the endocellular bacterium rickettsia As many as 85 of individual shrimp have been effected when certain TR strains were stocked A number of bioassays mussels clams etc have been studied to determine where the rickettsia was coming from but to
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