Our Solution

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Patent-pending dual fluid marine aquaponics

Symbrosia has developed a patent-pending system to cultivate the red macroalgae, Asparagopsis taxiformis, together with Whiteleg shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) efficiently and sustainably via aquaponics. Using a recirculating system, the seaweed and shrimp share the same water - nutrients from the shrimp waste are filtered and utilized as fertilizer for seaweed, and the freshly cleaned and oxygenated water is cycled back into the shrimp tank. This creates a closed system where the only output is a small loss of water due to evaporation and in our system, the only input is the food for the shrimp.

 
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Red Asparagus Algae

Our decision to cultivate A. taxiformis is at the heart of our company. No one is currently growing this species of seaweed in a recirculating system and the potential benefit is vast. Research has shown that when A. taxiformis replaces just 1% of cattle feed, there is a 99% reduction in the methane production of cattle.

Market Value

U.S. shrimp imports are valued at over $5.7B. Imported shrimp sell for around $10-16/lb; local, organic, and sustainably raised shrimp have previously sold for $20/lb domestically.