Overview of Proposition
In 2013, the Seafood Industry Development Company Limited (SIDC) established a marine, recirculating aquaculture system in order to produce high-priced, high-value products for local and export markets.
A pilot inland marine shrimp project will determine the technical and commercial feasibility of tank-based production of marine shrimp in a sustainable way, utilizing recirculating aquaculture systems.
The project will partner with stakeholders and provide them with project management, research, information, training and mentoring.
Current facilities include approximately 560 square meters (6,000 square feet) of covered floor space that house six marine recirculating aquaculture systems (four for production trials), a quarantine room, a live feed production room and a water quality laboratory. In addition, there are temperature-controlled storage areas for feed and an additional 560m2 (6,000 square feet) covered shed with tanks.
Other ideal species to be farmed in T&T are pompano, cobia and yellowtail kingfish, since they are all found in regional waters. Currently both the cobia and pompano are successfully reared in tank-based RAS and flow-through systems.