Tennessee home to fledgling shrimp farming industry

by 5m Editor
25 October 2005, at 1:00a.m.

TENNESSEE - Shrimping in Tennessee. Hundreds of miles from the ocean, who would&#39;ve figured it? But there are about 20 farmers in the state raising freshwater shrimp. Technically they&#39;re Malaysian prawns. The 2005 harvest is just completed and farmers say many consumers don&#39;t yet know about their crop. Or the fact that the freshwater shrimp have a milder, more-lobster-like taste than their saltwater cousins. Supporters hope the freshwater shrimp industry will grow like the catfish industry has. Last year there were more than 300 million pounds of farm-raised catfish sold in the US. Some farmers who have tried raising shrimp have quit saying they are too hard to sell or don&#39;t bring in enough money. <i>Source:</i>

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