Our System

Thousands of "pen-and-pond" shrimp farms and fishermen currently serve the U.S. market. They are overwhelmingly small and independent operators; there are no major industry leading companies. A dwindling fishing fleet is increasingly unable to compete economically with shrimp farmers as fuel prices, ocean pollution, and dwindling stocks render hit-or-miss trawling obsolete. Small, crude fish farms that destructively cordon off sections of mangrove swamps along with farms based on manmade ponds produce the bulk of the world's shrimp. Only two farms in the U.S. currently produce shrimp using modern recirculating water systems. Our technology advantages extend well beyond eliminating limitations our competitors face: it yields approximately ten times the shrimp productivity.

It also eliminates chemicals and germs that degrade and destroy the natural taste of shrimp. It enables shrimp to grow out faster, making it practical to sell jumbo and colossal sized shrimp that command twice the price of commodity size shrimp. It produces fresh shrimp with a shelf life of several days, compared to the usual twenty-four to thirty-six hours that shrimp last after thawing. Jumbo and colossal sizes currently make up around 4% of import tonnage, but 8% of import revenues. Colossal size shrimp are in constant shortage. Open pen farms cannot economically grow these sizes, easily.

Zero Exchange Aquaculture Technology

FOA will use its own specialized closed-loop, zero-exchange recirculating water aquaculture system. This system retains, continuously monitors and treats the water within the system, virtually eliminating bio-waste or excess food discharge. It also protects the system from intakes of polluted water, prevents fish escapes and thus eliminates all need for antibiotics or chemicals used to combat disease. Recirculating aquaculture is a cleaner, greener, more sustainable method of shrimp production than the open water aquaculture systems; FOA's system is the most sophisticated of these. It incorporates a number of additional technologies that have been used successfully elsewhere, but never all combined in a single production facility.The FOA system is enclosed in structures so that climatic controls can enable full production to continue year round. Year round grow out creates the opportunity to grow much larger shrimp and so to escape the snare of the commodity price pressures of imports. The structures capture solar energy so abundant in Florida, keeping energy costs down. They also prevent pollutants and contaminants from entering from the atmosphere. Open shrimp farms are plagued by bird predation of the crop and bird droppings in the water.