What is SIRSFT?
It is a method for shrimp aquaculture, in which, all growth phases and essential operations are modularized and integrated to form a multi-phasic synchronous super-intensive shrimp production system controlled by a custom designed cyber-physical platform.
SIRSFT elements pertaining to aquaculture of shrimp:
- Using significantly less total water volume per weight of shrimp produced (as much as three times less, than conventional techniques).
- In significantly lower average water depths, i.e., as low as 25 cm. Shrimp raised in ponds, tanks and in ground raceways are most often kept in a water depth of 1 meter.
- Using dramatically less production per m2 of water footprint, i.e., >100 kg shrimp/m2 of water footprint/yr. Stated another way, using SIRSFT production capacity is >1,000,000 kg/ha water footprint/yr.
- Achieving significantly greater shrimp growth rate, i.e., growth rates of greater than 1.5 g/week. Growth rate higher than that obtained with conventional techniques.
- At higher densities per square meter than obtained with conventional techniques, even while maintaining lower feed conversion rates.
- Achieving significantly greater survival, i.e., >80% survival, than that obtained with conventional techniques, even at production levels greater than 100 kg/m2 of water footprint.
- Using feed system optimized for growth:
- Feeding shrimp to satiation 24 hours a day
- Feeding a formulation that optimizes growth under high-density conditions that are otherwise high stress.
- Feeding a floating feed manufactured using extrusion cooking.
- Feeding a floating feed of appropriate size and stage of growth, facilitating optimal production.
- Feeding by a computer controlled point distribution system. Allows for monitoring consumption and determination of optimal feed rates. Reduces plant labor.
- Using multi-phasic integrated synchronous output in vertically stacked production units.