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Copano Blues Shrimp: The Future of Shrimp
Have you ever tried Copano Blues Shrimp? If you love your shrimp firm and with a clean, sweet flavor, you’ll love Copano Blues.

These shrimp are farmed using innovative hi-tech farming methods that make them superior to other farmed shrimp, and could even give them the edge over wild shrimp.

High-Tech Shrimp Farming Solution
The shrimp are grown on a farm in Taft, Texas, which is located on Copano Bay. The bay provides fresh water for the farm, and it acts as a nursery area for wild gulf whites and gulf browns. That makes it absolutely ideal for growing shrimp.

The farm is known as a “closed loop Recirculating Aquaculture System,” or an RAS for short. That might sound complex, but what it means is every single aspect of the environment is carefully controlled.

Controlling the water quality is the secret if you want to achieve the best health possible for the shrimp. These shrimp (called Litopenaeus vannamei) just love warm water. However, if the water is too warm, it will kill them. And if the water is too cold, the shrimp will grow too slowly. So at the Copano Blues farm the water temperature is controlled to make sure it is absolutely perfect. It keeps the shrimp healthy, and helps them to grow faster.

Fast-Growing Shrimp
How fast do these shrimp grow? Let’s compare it to a traditional shrimp farm.

A standard farm in somewhere like Ecuador will grow 26-30ct tails, and it will take anywhere from 30 to 36 weeks. But Copano Blues are different. These are grown to U-15ct and 16-20ct tails, and it only takes about 20 to 22 weeks.

That is a massive 30 percent faster—and the shrimp are nearly twice the size!

Superior Farming Features
The hi-tech facility also has other features that make it superior, including bio-security, great nutrition, premium water quality, non-GMO genetics, and a recirculating, zero-discharge system.

What exactly is bio-security? This is all about disease control. There are no open ponds in the Copano Blues farm, and rigid air domes nearly the size of four football fields in length cover every aspect of the complex from the hatchery to the production ponds.

By making use of positive air pressure, air-born diseases are kept out, keeping the shrimp safe.

Capable of Producing Huge Quantities
The facility produces a huge amount of shrimp. Each dome produces hundreds of thousands of pounds of shrimp, so the amount of pounds produced in the area compares favorably to other options. For example, in one acre of land, you can produce:

· 45 lbs of beef

· 273 lbs of soy protein

· 1,000 lbs of shrimp in a traditional farm

But the Copano Blues farm produces over 20,000 lbs of protein per acre, which is a huge increase.

Advanced Waste Control
The farm uses indoor ponds that are lined with plastic liners, unlike normal shrimp farms. It also has a drainage system to remove the waste that the shrimp produce. To get an idea of just how much waste is produced, let’s look at a traditional shrimp pond.

These are usually eight feet deep at the start, but when the shrimp are harvested, they are only six or seven feet deep. The one to two feet at the bottom are taken up with shrimp droppings, shells, and uneaten food. But on the Copano Blues farm, all of this waste is removed.

The Benefits of Natural Biofloc
The ponds at the Copano Blues farm also use natural biofloc to keep the water quality high and improve nutrition. The shrimp feed on pro-biotic biofloc, and this helps to clean the water. The biofloc contains natural bacterium that break down toxic ammonia and nitrates and convert them into nitrogen gas, which is harmless.

At the moment, Copano Blues farm is focused on shrimp. But this same advanced technology could be used for other fish too. In fact, Global Blue Technologies, which is the parent company, is building a research and development facility to work out how it can use the same system for various fish species.

It is planning to grow live sable fish at the Copano Bay facility by mid-2016. So you could soon be eating fresh sable fish from south Texas!

Better than Wild Shrimp?
Copano Blues Shrimp are superior to traditionally farmed shrimp—but what about wild shrimp?

For a start, there is no bycatch. Shrimp boats use small mesh nets, which result in bycatch. This used to be as much as 10 lbs for every 1 lb of shrimp, but it is now down to about 4 lbs for every 1 lb of shrimp.

But that is still a lot, and the bycatch often consists of juvenile fish like red snapper, yellow tail snapper, tuna, and tilefish, which become collateral damage. So this is one thing you won’t have to worry about with Copano Blues Shrimp.

In addition, there is no damage from trawling. Shrimp boats are better than ever, but trawling still has a big impact on benthic ecosystems. Compare this to no impact at all for RAS shrimp farming.

These shrimp are also beautiful. They have a blue tint, which is given to them by the dark pond liners, and they have a firmer texture than standard farmed shrimp. They provide a crisp, firm snap because they are naturally strong and healthy.

And then there is no need to de-vein them. In fact, the veins are almost non-existent because the shrimp are naturally purged in the ponds before they are harvested.

Better Feed Conversion Ratio
Compared to other types of animals, the shrimp also show a clear advantage when it comes to feed conversion ratio. Let’s look at the figures:

· It takes 1.7 lbs to produce 1 lb of body mass for chickens

· For hogs, the figure is 2.9 lbs

· For cattle, it’s a massive 6.8 lbs

But Copano Blues shrimp beats them all—it takes just just 1.5 lbs of feed to produce 1 lb of body mass.

No Pollution
Another benefit is the lack of pollution caused by the farming methods. Water from Copano Bay flows into the treatment system, and once it’s in, it never leaves—that means zero discharge into the bay.

No waste. No pollution.

Compare that to the runoff from traditional dairy, cattle, or corn farms, which damage wild seafood and the ecosystem with fertilizers, pesticides, waste, and more.

They Taste Great!
And most important of all, Copano Blues shrimp taste great! They have a clean, sweet flavor because they are not watered down at all. They have a naturally sweet and robust flavor from the natural biofloc diet, and there is no need to add spice or sauce to them.

In fact, cocktail sauce on the same plate should be made illegal!

These shrimp have an awesome flavor all on their own—so now it’s time to try them out for yourself.

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