Know-how exchange: German shrimp farm in cooperation with University of Gdansk

Polish scientists and the shrimp farm Garnelenfarm Grevesmühlen are joining forces to develop methods, which aim to improve the freshness and quality of sustainably farmed shrimp.

Recently, InnoAquaTech project partners visited the shrimp farm Garnelenfarm Grevesmühlen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, one of the biggest recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) for shrimp farming in Europe. The facility was built in 2014 and started its production of white tiger shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) in 2015 with an annual production volume of 15 tonnes. Today, the farm has a solid base of regional customers and supplies renowned restaurants, whose customers appreciate the fresh taste of these light-blue shining shrimps, known as “Cara Royal”.

This proved to be a good opportunity for our Polish partners at the University of Gdansk, who are currently starting their project-related pilot system, to get in touch with market-scale, modern technology. In the pilot, the Polish scientists are focusing on the feasibility of potential shrimp production in RAS and are trying to find a market for these products in Poland. York Dyckerhoff, CEO of Garnelenfarm Grevesmühlen and a shrimp enthusiast since 2009, pointed out the main challenges he had as he established his company and gave valuable advice to Halina Kendzierska, Institute of Oceanography, University of Gdansk, who is actually planning the setup for their research facility.

Both agreed to assist each other in terms of providing know-how and experience. Moreover, the University of Gdansk will offer its research capacities to find solutions for long-lasting organic freshness and to investigate the effect of different diets on product quality.

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