When we first started out floating the idea of creating Ohio's 1st successful saltwater shrimp cultivation facility, there weren't many believers at the time. Nonetheless, we saw a ripe opportunity to not only feed the ever-growing crowd of American seafood fanatics (shrimp is easily the most consumed seafood by Americans at 4.0 lbs/person annually), but also offer a much healthier alternative to imported stock, which accounts for more than 90% of the American market supply. How, you might ask?
1) We sell our product as fresh as you can get it. We "harvest" for you by netting them out of one of our cultivation tanks. In other words, we sell shrimp live!
2) The shrimp are fed a high protein diet developed from years of rigorous research. There are NO artificial enhancements like growth hormones and antibiotics. Our full growth process takes 3-4 months, but it is well worth the wait! The sweetness, tenderness, and freshness is unmatched. Our shrimp gets the "Best Choice" award from The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Program.
3) There are NO salty waste-water effluent byproducts from our production system. All the water is reused & filtered naturally with the bacteria (the bio-floc) that have a mutually symbiotic relationship with the shrimp. In essence, they need each other to thrive.
4) Our indoor saltwater tanks make it unnecessary to destroy more natural marine ecosystems like the shrimp's mangroves. The open oceans are already over-polluted and over-fished as it is.
We, The Ocean's Friend, have a vision offering the freshest seafood to the public without compromising the natural environment.
We are a family owned and operated company. The Chen Family consists of the parents, Chao and Carol, their son, Ashtyn, and daughter, Ida..
Chao and Carol take care of the day-to-day operations of the farm. They are the ones that you usually see selling the product, working daily on the farm, and greeting you at farmers' markets and other venues. They have 30+ years experience in the restaurant industry and have a knack in promoting food quality and safety.
Their daughter, Ida, a rising junior at the University of Miami (FL) majoring in Biology, focuses on shrimp research when she's not busy preparing for medical school. Right now, she is studying current shrimp feed available, including ours, to find ways to enhance the quality for our shrimp even more. She is the biologist for our company. Go Canes!
When he is not preoccupied with pursuing his post-doc and/or working in the materials/pharmaceutical industry as a chemical process engineer, their son, Ashtyn, is busy performing research at the farm. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemical Engineering from the University of Southern California. His title, to keep it straightforward, is the biochemical engineer of the company which emphasizes improving efficiency (energy-, production-, & cost-wise), researching new species to add to the company offerings (crayfish, blue crabs, oysters, scallops and sea asparagus as of this moment), and educating folks about our sustainable seafood product line. Fight On Trojans!