Our shrimp farm

Find out how our Bavarian shrimp grows

HOW DOES OUR FARM WORK?

The future of food. Made in Germany.

Closed aquaculture farms for fish or seafood, also known as recirculating systems or RAS systems (Recirculating Aquaculture System), have an integrated water treatment unit that continuously mechanically and biologically cleans the runoff water from the breeding tanks. This means that chemicals are 100% eliminated. The water is then enriched with oxygen and returned to the breeding tanks. Through repeated use of the water, the water requirement is dramatically reduced to approximately 1-2% of the total volume of the system.

Compared to open systems such as flow systems, ponds and cage systems, closed aquaculture breeding farms offer significant advantages:

  • Lower resource consumption (land, water, energy)
  • Isolation from the environment and its potentially negative influences on breeding and water quality
  • Control of all parameters through intelligent software to optimize growth conditions (Industry 4.0)
  • Continuous production regardless of the season
  • Certification according to “Traceability” and “Biosecurity” standards
  • Regional, location-independent breeding

FUTURE INDUSTRY AQUACULTURE

Arm des Zuchtleiters mit Kescher in Garnelenfarm-Becken

The rapidly increasing global hunger for fish and seafood is leading to a dramatic increase in the plundering of the world's oceans . For a long time, the wealth of the world's oceans was considered inexhaustible - an illusion, because fish and seafood are not available in unlimited quantities. Global overfishing is now considered one of the greatest threats to the health of the oceans and the survival of its inhabitants. Almost everywhere today, more fish and seafood are caught than can be grown naturally. Global production of fish and seafood (wild caught and aquaculture) increased by 24 percent between 2006 and 2015. Globally, 30 percent of commercially exploited fish stocks are considered overfished and 57 percent are considered to be maximally exploited. Large fishing fleets that are technically highly equipped and eager to make a quick profit are emptying the seas. In European waters, the European Union (EU) determines how much fish can be taken from its waters in a year as part of its Common Fisheries Policy (GFG). The politically set catch quotas exceeded the scientific recommendations by an average of 41 percent over the last ten years (source: WWF Germany). In addition, the world's oceans are now exposed to severe pressure, which has a direct impact on marine life.

“ Global overfishing is now considered one of the greatest threats to the health of the oceans and the survival of its inhabitants

Stock-threatening fishing with destructive equipment such as bottom trawling, uncontrolled research, oil and gas extraction and global shipping are destroying complex ecosystems whose health ensures the preservation of productive fish stocks. Another threat to all fish and seafood is ocean pollution with plastic waste , which is estimated to already account for 60 to 80 percent of the trash in the oceans. The pollution of the marine environment by plastic waste is now a well-known global problem and the ingestion of microplastics by marine organisms is widespread. Aquaculture is the controlled rearing of fish, mussels, crabs, shrimp, algae and other organisms that live in water. Aquaculture takes place in both freshwater and saltwater. It is becoming increasingly important due to the acute overfishing of the world's oceans. Therefore, in recent decades it has developed into an alternative to meet the world's increasing demand for fish and seafood. Every second fish consumed in the world now comes from aquaculture. Land-based production of fish and crustaceans takes place in closed-circuit systems . The water in these is constantly treated so that optimal living conditions for fish and crustaceans are guaranteed all year round. Due to the proximity of breeding to the consumer, the products produced are delivered to the consumer in a freshness that has never been achieved before. The systems, which are decoupled from the environment, are optimally adjusted to the needs of the fish or crustaceans. The constant conditions all year round allow consistently high quality and a seamless supply to the region.

THE WORLD'S INDUSTRIAL AQUACULTURE

Farmed shrimp have increasingly found their way onto the plates of rich countries around the world. Shrimp is mainly produced in coastal areas of Asian and Latin American countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, Ecuador, Bangladesh and Mexico. The shrimp industry has wreaked ecological havoc in many of these countries. Expansion plans into other regions, particularly China, India and African countries, will lead to a global expansion of the problem. The global trend to introduce farmed animals has increased significantly over the past 15 years. Statistics show that this trend will continue. A major potential harm of shrimp aquaculture to the environment is the destruction of mangrove forests, which represent a biologically important transition between the rural and marine ecosystems. They protect coastlines from erosion, coastal lowland rainforests from tropical storms and are important for local biodiversity. Another potential harm is the introduction of exotic forms of crabs, which raise concerns about the loss of genetic diversity or the weakening of the genetic base of natural species and can contribute to the spread of pathogens and parasites. In addition, young shrimp, which are needed to replenish the population in the breeding tanks, are caught with fine-mesh nets. This results in bycatch estimated at up to 100 fish per farmed shrimp. This is higher than trawling shrimp fishing, which was previously known for having the highest bycatch rate. Some authors assume that around half of the world's tropical mangrove forests have been irretrievably destroyed to date. In Thailand alone, around 13% of the mangrove areas were cleared for shrimp ponds between 1979 and 1986, which corresponds to an area of ​​38,000 hectares. Clearing the mangroves silts up unique coral reefs and destroys the breeding of around 85% of tropical fish species. The consequence of this is that stocks of coastal marine fish have been shrinking for years. For local fishermen, this has led to a decline in catches and, in many cases, to the loss of their economic livelihood. Rice farmers in Southeast Asia have resisted the inland expansion of shrimp farms because industrial shrimp farming production methods lead to salinization of fields. Fresh groundwater is only available to a limited extent in coastal areas. Because more water is pumped out of the ground than flows back, drinking water and irrigation wells become salinized. This is already the case in India, Taiwan, Thailand, Ecuador and the Philippines as a result of the shrimp industry. The shrimp imported and marketed as frozen goods mainly come from large pond farms and are raised under critical conditions. Diseases that cause high losses often occur in ponds with low water exchange, high water temperatures and dense stock. Antibiotics, fungicides, parasiticides, algaecides and pesticides are sometimes used to prevent diseases in shrimp aquaculture. The treatment of bacterial infections in shrimp ponds by antibiotics added to the feed raises concerns about corresponding antibiotic residues in the marketed animals. The fear is that consumers will become resistant to antibiotics. The antibiotics are often not approved in the EU. Due to non-compliance with waiting times before marketing, residues are found in the imported shrimp, which leads to regular rejections at the EU borders. Other countries have issued complete import bans for certain producing countries. Nevertheless, the number of unreported cases is high. Insufficient adherence to the cold chain from the shrimp farmer to the consumer can also be problematic. Some of the animals taken from aquaculture are shoveled onto open truck beds in tropical temperatures and only temporarily covered with ice. This is often followed by hours of transport to freezer factories for further processing.

"A major potential environmental harm of shrimp aquaculture is the destruction of mangroves."

GERMANY'S HUNGER FOR SHRIMP

50,000 tons of frozen shrimp per year. Average age: 6.4 months.

Global demand for fish and seafood continues to increase as more people appreciate the health benefits that come from regular fish consumption. Experts from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) predict a further increase in total fish and seafood production by 21 percent by 2025. In the long term, the proportion of products from aquaculture will outweigh the proportion from wild catches. FAO estimates for 2014 showed that for the first time per capita consumption of aquaculture products was higher than that of wild-caught products. The Germany-wide shrimp consumption of around 50,000 tons with around 82 million inhabitants results in an annual per capita consumption of around 750 grams. The Federal Republic of Germany is particularly dependent on imports in order to cover its increasing demand for fish and shellfish . Due to the long transport routes, it was previously not possible to purchase fresh shrimp in Germany.

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR SPECIES-APPROPRIATE BREEDING

  • Cutting-edge technology “Made in Germany”
    Innovative and sustainable aquaculture technology with know-how developed in Germany
  • Ensuring constant year-round production by separating production into independently operating modules with their own circuits
  • Extremely low water consumption thanks to innovative and environmentally friendly cleaning processes
  • Purely mechanical and biological cleaning processes with no need for chemical cleaning
  • Optimal control of all breeding processes via intelligent software (Industry 4.0)

THE HUNGER FOR SHRIMP

  • The increasing hunger for fish and seafood is leading to the plundering of the world's oceans
  • The Global seafood production increased by 24% from 2006 to 2015
  • Globally, 30% of commercially exploited fish stocks are considered overfished
  • Catch quotas over the last ten years exceeded scientific recommendations by an average of 41%
  • Fishing that threatens stocks, oil and gas extraction and global shipping are destroying complex ecosystems
  • Pollution of the oceans with plastic waste poses an additional threat
  • Aquaculture is the controlled breeding of organisms living in water - every second fish consumed comes from aquaculture
  • Land-based aquaculture takes place in innovative closed-circuit systems
  • Optimal living conditions in closed-circuit aquaculture systems that are decoupled from the environment allow for the highest quality

FACTS

  • Due to their great popularity, shrimps are among the most sought-after and economically important seafood
  • The aquaculture of shrimps has developed rapidly since the 1970s with a current breeding volume of approx. 3.2 million tons.
  • Due to low water exchange, high water temperatures and dense stocking, the critical farming conditions of imported products lead to diseases that often require the use of antibiotics
  • The gigantic growth of the shrimp industry has had an immense impact on unique tropical coastal ecosystems such as mangrove forests, 50 % of which have been irretrievably destroyed worldwide to date
  • Almost 100 % of the approx. 50,000 tons of shrimp consumed in Germany are imported frozen products from pond farms in Asia and Latin America with an average age of approx. 6.4 months