October 21, 2019


Israeli AquaMaof set to launch its RAS technology for shrimp


AquaMaof, the Israeli RAS specialist that pioneered land-based salmon farming, is set to launch its technology for the shrimp market, the Fish Farmer reported last week.


The announcement comes after three years of research at its R&D facility in southern Israel, and AquaMaof has now adapted its recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) for the production of vannamei shrimp with high survival, disease-free results.


"Moving production indoors in a closed containment environment has enabled us to overcome many of the industry's challenges and become the first company to offer a commercial end-to-end solution," said David Hazut, CEO of AquaMaof Aquaculture Technologies.


"Over the course of three years, we are very proud of the achievements we have made, such as high densities of shrimps with no negative effect on growth rates, whilst maintaining a disease free environment," Hazut added.


According to a press release from the company, "traditional ponds culture has not been able to keep up with the global demand, due to a continuous struggle with shrimp diseases and high mortality rates," adding that "(a)s a result, there is a growing need for land based technology for shrimp production."


The technology also facilitates control over the colour of shrimp and their genetics, and enables partial harvest in different sizes, while maintaining low operational costs, said AquaMaof.


The company's RAS technology had been used to establish land-based salmon farms in Poland, Russia and Japan. It is also providing the RAS for Grieg NL's hatchery in Marystown, Newfoundland, Canada and has teamed up with Pure Salmon, owned by 8F Asset Management, which last year announced plans to introduce land-based farms globally with a total capacity of 260,000 tonnes.


AquaMaof said its facilities are located near large cities to reduce transportation costs, and that no antibiotics, hormones or chemicals are used in the farming process.


Other companies have recently moved to indoor shrimp farming, with Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) announcing earlier this year that 30% of its production now runs on RAS systems. The entire production would be moved inside within five years, the company said.


US firm NaturalShrimp, which claimed to have developed and patented the first commercially operational RAS for shrimp, is now reportedly planning to adapt its technology to farm barramundi, salmon, and tilapia on land.


Great British Prawns, in Balfron, Stirlingshire, plans to grow up to a million shrimp a year. Against an initial setback in the summer, when it lost most of its stock, the company hopes to produce its first harvest before Christmas.