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A Layman's Guide to Geothermal Aquaculture

Abstract

The following paper is designed as an aid to anyone contemplating a venture into commercially raising giant freshwater prawns, Macrobrachium rosenbergii. Oregon Institute of Technology has been actively involved in a research program to determine the feasibility of such a venture and results to date have been very encouraging. This aquaculture research was initiated in 1975 and was developed as an effort to utilize excess energy from the school’s geothermal heating system. Therefore, most of the information gathered here, will apply to flow-through systems which use geothermal water to maintain a suitable environment for the animals. A study of the market potential for freshwater prawns has been conducted and a favorable response received from wholesale distributors in the Pacific Northwest. Not only is a good market available, but distributors have suggested paying from $4.50 to $5.00 per pound for whole prawns in the size category of 16 to 20 tails to the pound, for a constant fresh supply. By maintaining constant temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit) ± 1 degree Celsius in our research ponds, we have been able to produce this size prawn in 6 to 8 months.
Authors:
Publication Date:
Jan 01, 1981
Product Type:
Technical Report
Subject:
15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; Geothermal Legacy
Sponsoring Organizations:
USDOE
OSTI ID:
895125
Research Organizations:
Geo-Heat Center, Klamath Falls, OR
Country of Origin:
United States
Language:
English
Announcement Date:
Nov 20, 2006

Citation Formats

Smith, Kenan C. A Layman's Guide to Geothermal Aquaculture. United States: N. p., 1981. Web.
Smith, Kenan C. A Layman's Guide to Geothermal Aquaculture. United States.
Smith, Kenan C. 1981. "A Layman's Guide to Geothermal Aquaculture." United States.
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