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Q:Are there any OSU Extension publications on freshwater shrimp farming in Oregon, or the feasibility of such an endeavor? I am seeing that this is a growing agri-business in Indiana and Illinois, not just the Southeast region of the US. - Harney County, Oregon
Greetings Potential Prawn Grower,
OSU hasn't produced any freshwater or saltwater prawn publications, however, there are several out from other sources. I was involved with raising Macrobrachium rosenbergii (I presume this is the one you are interested in, the giant Malaysian prawn) in the western Pacific, so I can help you with info on feasibility here. A big question is how will you heat the water to the required temps, optimum between 80 and 88 degrees F? Some US operations just do a summer crop, or have geothermal springs for heat.
You might be interested to know that there are also some inland growers in Oregon trying salt water shrimp production (Penaeids) in closed systems.
I'd be more than happy to talk with you about the possibilities, and use my resources to find the feasibility publications that you're looking for.
You might also consider the biggest annual aquaculture conference in the US, held this year in Las Vegas just down the street from Harney County, at the end of February. It's called Aquaculture America 2012, with this web address for info:
Let me know how I can assist you further.
Sea Grant Aquaculture Extension Specialist