Ohio may not be synonymous with seafood, but that doesn’t mean one business isn’t trying. The Columbus Dispatch recently wrote about a shrimp farmer in the Buckeye State who is filling an unusual niche for this part of the country. According to the source, Ashtyn Chen is using technology to keep his shrimp thriving while he meets a need for seafood that doesn’t come with mysterious origins.
The source said that this type of saltwater shrimp farm is relatively new to the state, representing a possible opportunity. The Dispatch spoke to aquaculture expert Matthew Smith, who described why this concept is getting so much attention from locals.
“Everyone’s pretty familiar with the freshwater prawns, and it’s a very captivating thing because they are grown here,” Smith told the source. “But I think the saltwater hits home even more because Americans do consume so much shrimp.” Referring to customer need for local goods, Smith said, “They want food grown locally, they know the farmer who grows it, they know the county it’s grown in.”
To raise shrimp successfully, enterprising farmers may need new equipment to get their venture started. Politico recently reported that the White House Office of Management and Budget is currently reviewing a set of organic aquaculture standards that could set a historic precedent.
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