Proof of Concept – Raised shrimp indoors in a 200-gallon recirculating system using algae and artemia as feed for the shrimp.
Prototype – Moved to a warehouse in San Antonio to construct, test, and evaluate raising shrimp in a larger system. Received U.S. patent using algae and artemia as feed for the shrimp.
Pilot Plant – Warehouse testing was successful but determined that the system required too much algae and artemia to be commercially cost effective. Acquired 37 acres in La Coste, TX and constructed a greenhouse and a 30,000 square foot metal building with lined tanks and filtration equipment to evaluate using dry shrimp feed instead of algae and artemia on a commercial scale.
Filtration method research – Spent these years trying the traditional methods of filtration including biofloc and bioreactors. Began construction of 70,000 square foot joint venture biofloc building in Spain. Raised and sold tens of thousands of pounds of shrimp but could not achieve consistent production in high densities.
Research – Evaluated the use of electrocoagulation technology to assist filtration for aquaculture. It demonstrated the ability to control both ammonia and bacteria which resulted in much better growth and survival but the equipment needed refinement.
Development – Evaluated a clearwater system using refined electrocoagulation equipment that once again proved successful in maintaining water quality and great shrimp survival but the equipment required further refinements.
Electrocoagulation Production – Using an improved electrocoagulation system proved successful again throughout the shrimp grow out period. Received U.S patent for using electrocoagulation for shrimp extended to include other aquatic species.
Pilot Plant Renovation – Replaced lined tanks with fiberglass tanks and acquired additional electrocoagulation systems.
Regular Production – Began shrimp production in a new production facility in La Coste, TX.
Expansion – Began shrimp production in a newly acquired aquaculture facility in Iowa.