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New shrimp farm to open in Iowa

Staff Writer |
A new shrimp farm is to open in Sigourney, Keokuk County, Iowa. Run by Iowa Shrimp Farms, the farm will start raising hundreds of thousands of shrimp next month.

There are already several of the farms in eastern Iowa. A couple turned an abandoned school building into the Sherlock Shrimp farm in Ridgeway, which is in Winneshiek County. Northern Iowa Shrimp raises the crustaceans in tanks inside a warehouse in Cedar Falls, reports

Marc Bretz, the CEO of the company says there’s potential to make a lot of money as more people are seeking out fresher food, but he says being successful in the business isn’t easy.

He’s built a large wooden tank in a portion of the Sedna Warehouse in Sigourney. It will soon be home to hundreds of thousands of shrimp.

"It's all designed so it's insulated real well, everything is non-metallic if we can because it's going to be a salt water shrimp operation,” Mr Bretz said.

He says there's a science to it, and everything needs to be just right for the shrimp and business to survive.

"If we get to 70 percent survival rate we would have 1,000 pounds of shrimp to harvest every month if we can get there and I say a big if because it's a challenge to get this pulled off,” Bretz said.

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