Kentucky Shrimp Farmers Start Harvest

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
18 September 2007, at 1:00am

US - Shrimp farmer Steve Price is pleased with this year's hot summer.

Price, a former president of the Kentucky Aquaculture Association, saw the recent scorching months help fatten the freshwater shrimp at Bluegrass Shrimp Farm.

Price says hot weather makes the shrimp grow because they eat more.

They sell for about ten-dollars per pound.

Kentucky has about 28 shrimp farms throughout the state.

Jim Tidwell, coordinator of Kentucky State University's aquaculture program, says the Prices were among the earliest farmers to make the switch from tobacco to aquaculture. And, they've been at it for 13 years now.