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Intensive Pond Aquaculture:

A USSEC Project On The Move

USSEC Aquaculture Advisory

Council Meeting
Boston, MA
Dr. Jesse Chappell
Associate Professor/Extension Specialist
Auburn University
March 2017
USSEC Project Called
Intensive Pond Aquaculture
As 2017 begins, the Pace of
Adoption in Markets for US Soy
Looks Excellent!

This provides both opportunity

and challenges!!
In Pond Terms with In-pond
Raceways- that is- Flowing Water

Yield per Unit Volume of the Pond

5000 pounds per acre-foot
3.75 KG per cubic meter of pond
Production Figures from
Multiple Species
10-15 pounds per cubic foot
120-160 KG/cubic meter
annual temperate zone yield
Survival >90%
FCR 1.4: 1.0
Reduced cost per unit by 35%
These yield results are
200-300% above traditional
pond yields

This means more feed is fed

and used more efficiently!!
Since beginning in 2013/2014, China
has taken a strong lead in IPA
This year, I expect we will see more
than 1000 IPA cells operational in
Strong leadership from USSEC Staff
continues to provide for IPA
Having traveled to VM since 2015, the
development seeds are germinating!! A
strong interest from Cargill in
supporting IPA in the field has proved
to be an excellent lubricant to
development. Minimally-25-40 IPA
cells will likely become operational in
2017 with much more to follow!
80 Gram Tilapia Stocked
in October in January
Weighed 750 Grams
India and Egypt
These markets for US Soybeans are keenly
interested in IPA as a means of improving
profitability and minimizing
environmental impacts.
Developmental interest is very strong.
Aqua industry operators plan for testing
the waters in 2017.
I expect to see 20-30 cells develop in
Latin America
Introductions of IPA in Latin America
has met with great enthusiasm! Both
Mexico and Colombia are already
constructing raceway cells and
associated facilities! I will be surprised
if 30-40 cells are not operational in
What has worked in terms of adoption

Demonstration Trials RULE!!!

Most farmers who give IPA a fair and

serious look, are attracted
to its financial promise and its
conservation of
natural resources
Farmers see IPA as a highly
efficient aquaculture technology
which allows for a more
predictable response to their
investment in feed, energy and
water resources.
Global AG/AQUA leaders seem to
quickly grasp the concept of IPA as a
means for water, energy and
nutrient conservation
A great many planted seeds are
beginning to germinate! A great
thing--but the young seedling need
watering, weeding and care!!

Creating multiple
communication points
To multiply our efforts in assisting
growers successfully apply IPA, an
opportunity exists using a series of
“webinar” type linkages with interested
parties for more frequent contact with
those developing IPA facilities and
initiating their operation and

This would be a non-travel (less

expensive) but effective means of
providing technical support for growers,
Recommend the webinar sessions
be archived for use by those
unable to participate in the
sessions in real time.
Sessions may have a formal
presentation or simply make
available technically current
professionals available to discuss
issues, concerns, ideas, etc.
Why is the IPA technology important to the US
Soybean industry??
Acreage developed and applied to Aqua via
IPA will see an additional need for soy based
feed ranging from increases of 50-250%

As global chatter and adoption of IPA snow-

balls over the coming years, significant
increases in feed demand, will drive demand
for US beans.
The demand trajectory towards
global market opportunity for US
produced Aquaculture products to
ME is clear- But the products must
be developed using competitive
A Trial this past Summer with IPA
at Auburn University
We targeted and Doubled
Traditional Pond Yields
7000 pounds up
to 14000 per acre
This Year we are Targeting 18,000
pounds per acre!
Thank You!!