A Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) is generally defined as covered, land-based, intensive aquaculture in which the water is reconditioned as it circulates through the system without discharging any quantity of it back into the environment. Another advantage of RAS systems is that they allow a larger amount of aquatic organisms to be grown in a smaller area than in open pond farms.
Traditional aquaculture methods grow aquatic organisms outdoors in open ponds or raceways on land or in large “net” pens in the ocean or bays. There is little control over factors that influence production and contamination from outside sources. Traditional aquaculture can also cause serious damage to the environment through discharge of effluent, accumulation of animal waste on seabed floors, destruction of native habitat, parasite transfer to wild stocks, and escape of non-native species to the wild. Enclosed RAS systems eliminate variability and problems from weather, depredation, and disease. RAS systems allow for a high degree of control over the natural growing cycle of the organism. Efficient RAS systems eliminate harmful discharges to the environment and reduce habitat destruction by virtue of a smaller geographic footprint and physical location.
The GBT system is a proprietary modular bio-secure recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) that requires no chemical or antibiotic additives, reduces feed cost, accelerated growth and avoids the waste water issues commonly associated with most existing RAS systems. GBT also developed its own genetic line of specific pathogen-free shrimp bred for rapid growth and large tail size. In addition, GBT has many unique production and harvest protocols that ensure its shrimp reach the market with the highest standards of quality. The GBT system is the only RAS in the world that combines these features to consistently produce true industrial quantities of the highest-quality colossal shrimp.
No. The GBT system is zero-discharge. No water is ever discharged from the system.
GBT produces Pacific White Shrimp, or Penaeus vannamei. Pacific White Shrimp are native to the Pacific coast of Mexico southward to Peru. The species is well known for exhibiting fast growth at uniform rates and has relatively low protein requirements, making it an ideal species for aquaculture. Their flavor is slightly sweeter than other species. They are highly popular with retailers and chain restaurants. Pacific White Shrimp are the predominantly farmed shrimp species in the USA, Latin America, and the Caribbean regions, making up over 67% of worldwide penaeid aquaculture production.
GBT’s unique system and genetic line of shrimp produces the largest and highest quality Pacific White Shrimp in the world. GBT can consistently produce colossal size shrimp exceeding U-15 (15 tails per pound). Socially conscious consumers of GBT shrimp can also be assured that our shrimp are produced in a way that is both socially and environmentally responsible.
Currently, there U.S. has no standards for organic aquaculture. Organic standards are under development in the U.S. but it will likely be several years before the USDA organic label can appear on seafood. GBT is confident that regardless of the standard, our shrimp will exceed any organic standards required by the USDA in order to receive organic status.
GBT built its first ¼ scale research and development production facility in 2011 in Port Isabel, Texas. Our first harvest from that facility commenced in early 2012. Production continued at that facility until November of 2013 when we closed the facility to consolidate operations at our new full scale facility near Taft, Texas.