Arizona Patent of the Month – May 2023
Royal Caridea LLC, an innovative aquaculture company, is developing a sustainable solution to the challenges facing the shrimp industry. Shrimp production has long been limited by issues such as disease, waste, and feed, as well as environmental concerns and labor abuse. Traditional shrimp farming methods, such as flowthrough ponds, are unsustainable due to their reliance on influent water that can carry shrimp pathogens and their potential impact on coastal water quality.
To address these issues, Royal Caridea is designing a multi-phasic, super-intensive shrimp production system that operates synchronously, allowing for up to 17 production cycles per year. This system incorporates modular components, including a nursery, stacked production assembly, water recycling aquaculture system, and feed distribution equipment, all controlled by computer systems to optimize efficiency.
Central to this production model is the carrying capacity, or biomass per unit area, that the system can support. By limiting the biomass to 3-4 kg/m2 and using a multi-phasic approach, the system can avoid exceeding the carrying capacity at any stage of the production cycle. This allows for maximum through-put and minimizes the risk of a system crash.
This innovative approach to shrimp farming offers many advantages over traditional methods. By using recycled water and eliminating the need for influent water, the system is much more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Additionally, the use of a closed system reduces the risk of disease transmission, and the computer-controlled feed distribution ensures that the shrimp are receiving the optimal nutrition for growth.
Furthermore, this new production model can help address the disparity between domestic demand and supply of shrimp in the US. Year-over-year, shrimp consumption is growing by about 20% fueled by a growing population of consumers, seeking high quality protein. By increasing the US shrimp farming industry, Royal Caridea can help reduce the reliance on imported shrimp products, which may have lower quality and pose human health concerns.
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