Former PHD students from University College London are putting their biomechanical engineering skills to use in Haringey, growing warm water prawns in a super-intensive aquaculture farm.
Isn't it nice to have a good news story, for once?
They pitched their idea for Marizca to London investment company Student Upstarts, who invested £15,000 in their idea.
Leonardo, who is the CEO of Marizca, said: “The technology comprises of square layered trays, each utilising a minimum volume of water. There is also a new filtration system that uses a solid carbon source such as starch. This makes bacteria grow fast and can act as a food source for the prawns.”
The warm water prawns the trio will be growing are usually imported from South Asia or South America. Their research showed that retailers and consumers were attracted to sourcing locally produced, sustainable prawns in London.
More power to them!
Growing prawns on trays? Watch out for new crusty activist groups such as
CRABS - Campaign to Reject Abnormally Bred Seafood.
SHRIMPP - Stop the Horror! Reject Inhumane Mass Prawn Propagation
You know it's gonna happen...
I spent sleepless nights wondering where the Prawn Health Department was located, Julia.
Battery prawns! Cue the Prawn Free Liberation Movement!
I applaud the effort but they might be better employed looking at the opposite problem.
We catch thousands of tonnes of cold water prawns off our coasts, ship them all the way to Thailand for shelling/processing and then bring them all the way home again.
"Watch out for new crusty activist groups..."
"We catch thousands of tonnes of cold water prawns off our coasts, ship them all the way to Thailand for shelling/processing and then bring them all the way home again."
Sadly true. It's madness...
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