The way we eat shrimp is not sustainable. Wild shrimp trawling kills other marine life, while traditional shrimp farms destroy ecologically crucial mangrove forests. Atarraya’s Shrimpbox, in contrast, grows the crustaceans in a shipping container with AI-powered software that monitors and adjusts the shrimp’s water quality and food. The 40-foot-long Shrimpbox containers should be commercially available in 2023, each producing 1.5 tons of shrimp per year—a yield that otherwise requires two farm acres or 20 seabed acres, says CEO and founder Daniel Russek. “We want shrimp to become the poster child of sustainable protein,” he says. Shrimpbox’s product will be pricier than wild shrimp, but Russek sees a sizable market willing to pay for “fresh, never-frozen” crustaceans.
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