Containment Area Aquaculture Program. Economics and Marketing of Aquaculture in Dredged Material Containment Areas
C-K ASSOCIATES INC BATON ROUGE LA
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High land and construction costs hinder development of pond-based aquaculture in the United States. A partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers USACE may reduce these constraints. The dredged material containment areas DMCA operated by the USACE are structurally similar to aquaculture ponds and typically are used by the USACE only once every 3 to 10 years. With the Corps and navigational interests contributing to dike construction and land acquisition, the costs of aquaculture may be reduced while providing the Corps with the additional disposal areas needed to maintain our nations waterways. The Containment Area Aquaculture Program CAAP was established to investigate the feasibility of DMCA aquaculture from biological, economic, engineering, and legal perspectives. The technical feasibility of DMCAs was demonstrated in 42- and 47-ha DMCAs near Brownsville, TX. Pumps, filters, and drainage structures were added to these DMCAs to accommodate aquaculture operations and a 1.6-ha nursery pond was constructed. During a 3-year period, four crops of penaeid shrimp were raised. Production rates averaged 670 kgha of whole shrimp range 338 to 1,143 kgha with 51 percent survival range 23 percent to 74 percent. Total production for the four crops was 116,088 kg of whole shrimp 71,878 k tails, and this was sold for over 475,000.
- Agronomy, Horticulture and Aquiculture
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control