Indy and the Fruit of the Sea

Sep 27, 2022

There’s pineapple shrimp, coconut shrimp, lemon shrimp, pepper shrimp… and now Midwestern shrimp?

Seafood on the mainland: Indiana is a major producer of ag commodities—corn, soybeans, and now seafood. That’s right, the Hoosier state is getting into the shrimp business.

Atarraya Inc., a biotech company based out of Oaxaca, Mexico, plans to establish its first U.S. shrimp production facility in Indianapolis. The aim is to make a krilling as a local, sustainable protein producer.

As the old Indiana Beach theme song says, “There’s more than corn in Indiana.”

What’s in the box?! Shrimp is expected to be a jumbo market in the coming years, estimated to be around $23B globally by 2026. Attaraya’s technology, Shrimpbox, is a “plug and play” shrimp farming technology.

Housed in traditional cargo containers, these units automatically dispense feed at ideal times to support growth and use an advanced filtration system to limit waste. This helps to minimize the labor required to farm the shrimp as well as eliminate the need for antibiotics and chemicals.

There will be 20 Shrimpbox units in the first facility.

Soundbite: “Shrimpbox is more than a cargo container. It is a technological system designed to create life. With automated systems and software capable of learning and making decisions, this piece of engineering has the potential to help aquaculture take its biggest step forward in decades.” – Daniel Russek, Atarraya Founder and CEO