Quality Marine recently announced that they have successfully bred aquacultured Harlequin Shrimp. The shrimp are the latest in a string of recent aquaculture breakthroughs from Quality Marine, including the recent announcement of aquacultured Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse.
The aquacultured Harlequin Shrimp were produced at the Columbus Zoo in a joint effort with Aquatic Technology of Ohio. As with other shrimp and fish, several small obstacles and setbacks were encountered on the path to developing aquacultured Harlequin Shrimp. While the team at the Columbus Zoo were initially able to breed 50 shrimp, issues with feeding and pests slowed progress. Since then, changes in diet have yielded very promising results.
Aquaculture, the process of raising shrimp, fish, and other aquatic life in controlled environments, has been hailed as a major step toward sustainability among aquarists and fishkeeping enthusiasts. In addition to producing shrimp that are better-suited to aquarium life, aquaculture reduces the burden on shrimp in the wild and their natural habitats.