Brine shrimp naturally eat microalgae
Brine shrimp, or Artemia, are zooplankton whose natural diet is microalgae. In nature, these brine shrimp contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and protein. With our sustainable and cost-effective microalgal growth techniques, Demeter Biosciences creates a range of sustainable brine shrimp protein that can be tailored for fish and animal feeds.
Today, brine shrimp are harvested from their natural environments
Brine shrimp are increasingly harvested from their natural environments. At the Great Salt Lake, for example, the amount of harvesting allowed per season is limited to preserve the population of brine shrimp. Weather variation like rainfall, temperature, and bird migrations all affect the nutritional quality of brine shrimp from these natural habitats.
Who purchases brine shrimp today?
Brine shrimp are currently used today in many markets:
1) Brine shrimp cysts are sold to children as "sea monkey" farms
2) Brine shrimp cysts are hatched and fed to young fish (or larvae). For many young fish, like bass, these young brine shrimp are the only food known to sustain early life!
3) Freeze dried or frozen brine shrimp are fed to aquarium fish and reptiles.
4) Live adult brine shrimp are fed to meat-eating fish kept in aquaria.
Brine shrimp as a fish feed
Brine shrimp today are used to feed 1) young fish on fish farms, 2) ornamental fish in aquaria, and 3) pet reptiles. Demeter is actively developing brine shrimp products for these markets.
Product #1: Live brine shrimp in Raleigh, NC
We are anticipating a 2019 roll-out of our live adult brine shrimp for saltwater aquarium owners.