Sustainable indoor shrimp production
In the last decade, the interest in aquaculture in Flanders has grown strongly among both companies and the government. A problem that makes further scaling up to commercial sites more difficult is the high production cost and the increasing pressure on local resources (water, space and raw materials).
From this point of view, the partners in the C-Shrimp project aim to produce larger volumes of seafood on smaller surfaces at a competitive market price. Moreover, sustainable breeding principles are envisaged.
The general objective of this project is to develop an indoor breeding concept for shrimps in which water does not need to be changed and virtually no waste is produced. The new concept is based on improved clear water technology, enabling intensive shrimp farming.
At the same time, the footprint will also be reduced by recycling waste into a product that promotes the health of the shrimp.
With the support of VLAIO and the European Union.
The C-Shrimp project of De Blauwe Cluster was recognized as a cluster project within the Flemish bio-economy policy plan, which is financed from the 'Vlaamse Resilience' recovery plan. With these resources, the Flemish government provides an extra impulse by supporting cluster projects between the research world and various private sectors that fall within one or more of the themes defined in the bioeconomy policy plan.
- Build a new experimental facility that will serve as a starting platform to develop all instruments.
- Add a module to grow microalgae that remove nitrate from the system.
- Develop a new filtration system to remove significantly more solid sludge from the shrimp RAS system.
- Develop a new fermentation process to convert shrimp waste into a feed material for shrimp farms.
- Develop an adapted shrimp diet that has immunostimulating effects and contains less fish and soybean meal.