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Shrimp in hands

Gulf oil spill spurs interest in Indiana shrimp farming

By Elise Brown
October 20, 2010

Indiana's aquaculture industry could help fill a void in shrimp production left by the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast. Kwamena Quagrainie, aquaculture marketing director for Purdue University's Department of Agricultural Economics, has received inquiries from people interested in going into shrimp production because of the spill.

"People are concerned about the safety and quality of seafood coming from the Gulf," Quagrainie said. "There's something that the aquaculture industry can take advantage of, at least with shrimp, before they fully recover. There's a prospect for Indiana shrimp to fill in some of the gaps."

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