A Minnesota-based aquaculture firm will be part of the Brookings Research Park at South Dakota State University in Brookings. 

Tru Shrimp, based in Balaton, Minnesota, is partnering on research with SDSU and will have a presence in the research park.

Tru Shrimp President and CEO Michael Ziebell says they’re now producing shrimp in Balaton and their methods work.  

Ziebell says shrimp molt as they grow, and the shed shells can be very useful. He says, because of their methods, Tru Shrimp molt tissue is virtually perfect, and that will be the focus of the research at SDSU.

Ziebell says they are planning to develop a product called Chitosan.

For now, it will mean one person in Brookings. Ziebell says that at some point, they may need a production facility for the product.  

Tru Shrimp in 2018 announced it would build a large production facility in Madison. State and local officials committed six-and-a-half million dollars to the project. Work has not yet started on it, but Ziebell says they are working on their financing.

Tru Shrimp says they use patented technology to raise shrimp in the “healthiest, safest and most efficient way possible.”

(Thanks, Brookings Radio)