Seafood In The Desert: Shrimp Farm Opens In Las Vegas Area
Blue Oasis Pure Shrimp technician, Lorin Smith, puts additives in a surface skimmer to help keep a pond clean at the new Aqua Ganix shrimp farm July 25, 2011 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. After pathogen-free Mexican white shrimp larvae arrive at the 36,000-square-foot facility from Florida, they are grown in 44 ponds made from recycled shipping containers that are filled with water treated with a special formula. After 120 days they will be harvested and shipped to local restaurants beginning in September 2011. The companyÕs CEO, Scott McManus, said that Las Vegas consumes more shrimp per capita than anywhere else in the world, serving about 22 million pounds annually. The company expects to produce 450,000 pounds of shrimp per year in a sustainable way producing no wastewater and allowing the shrimp to be grown without the use of chemicals.