Shrimp Farm Made Feasible

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 7, Pg. 56-57

Document Type: Feature article


Engineers on a limited budget developed a facility on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, where Mexican blue shrimp are being raised commercially. A series of U shaped sections were laid parallel to each other on the farm's site. Within the section the shrimp are raised. Between the sections, workers can move to tend to the shrimp. The sections were made of extruded concrete to avoid costly formwork. Inflatable fabric roofs cover the sections—a system that costs only about one-fifth that of a conventional roofing system. For its engineering innovations, the facilty was awarded an OCEA nomination.

Subject Headings: Agriculture | Roofs | Budgets | Islands | Labor | Concrete | Fabrics | Innovation | Hawaii | United States

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