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Farming Shrimp in the Desert
Farming Shrimp in the Desert

AIR DATE: January 28, 2011

Fishermen harvest shrimp on the Gulf Coast. But what about growing shrimp... in the desert? A shrimp farming plant will open in North Las Vegas. The shrimp will be raised in giant tanks, then sold in Las Vegas and around the world. So how does it work - how do you grow shrimp in the desert? Can we localize more foods that way? And what are the benefits and downside of growing shrimp in a giant tank?

Scott McManus, CEO, Ganix Biotechnologies Inc.

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Has anyone heard anything about this company lately? It seems like they got a lot of press coverage in early to mid 2011 and they expected large shrimp harvests at that time. However, since then I have not seen much about them. Any thoughts? Thanks.
D.Jan 7, 2013 07:53:57 AM
this is as big as the great pyramids if Giza or the great wall oc China. growing shrimp on site near the market place is pure genuis. This can be the next huge thing in the world business speaking. I would love to be part of this business.
NICK JAWHERApr 21, 2011 14:28:09 PM
A self cleaning ecosystem that grows shrimp sounds fantastic. I am more suspicious of far off lands being the unregulated slave states as sole suppliers of our food. + to grow shrimp in nevada is very clever.
lynn shepoddMar 5, 2011 13:00:21 PM
The company has been growing shrimp in North Dakota with the same water for the last 6 years.
GanixJan 26, 2011 10:44:04 AM
Um, just because a company claims something does not say it is so. Searching the internet did not reveal any reputable scientific organizations vouching for Ganix. This does not mean Ganix is not reputable but the burden of proof beyond press release or media appearances remains.
Aunty PalinJan 29, 2011 13:03:43 PM
I am rather skeptical at the claim that the growing process is closed cycle and that there are no water changes. If this were an experiment or a boutique exotic aquarium I could buy that but not for a commerical growing operation. I'd love to be proved wrong.
Aunty PalinJan 25, 2011 13:11:22 PM
You will be proved wrong. I have seen it and visited the facility. It is fascinating the biotechnology they are using to maintain appropriate water quality.
David BarrusJan 25, 2011 16:49:28 PM
No offense but how does one or even multiple visits verify that there have been no water changes in 6 years?

I can buy something like "our algal filtering technology reduces the need for water changes by a factor of 10" but I will need more than someone's say so that a production growing facility will never need water changes. (make up water for evaporation loss is a different issue)

Aunty PalinJan 29, 2011 13:11:45 PM
What do you do with the poop that you filter out of the water. There must be tons of it....
richardJan 25, 2011 10:24:43 AM
Richard, that is a very good question. Richard&that is a very good question. We have a biological process that converts the effluent to very basic elements. Essentially, the same way nature breaks down the same elements accept much faster. These elements are then used within the system to provide the energy for specific strains of algae that grow in our tanks that act as nature's purification system. We create the perfect day, every day. No chemicals, no antibiotics, no Tri Poly Phosphate and no growth hormones. The result is a natural, healthy product, produced in a sustainable way.
scott mcmanusJan 25, 2011 12:25:37 PM
In Nov 2007, the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for a Ganix shrimp farm containing two 50,000 square-foot buildings with 72 indoor shrimp ponds. What ever happened to that project? Still planned?
TomJan 25, 2011 10:05:19 AM
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