But after moving to the United States and integrating himself into the restaurant industry, Frajmund saw a demand for both shrimp as well as sustainable practices. So, to satisfy both demands, Frajmund is applying his computer science philosophy to shrimp-focused aquaculture: He wants to create an “open source” system for sustainable shrimp farming.
Jean Claude Frajmund wants to start a revolution from a former mattress factory in Upstate New York. His cause: clean, delicious, sustainable shrimp. Jamie Feldmar hits the road to meet the Elon Musk of aquaculture.
We import about $5 billion worth of it from all over the globe, including from India, Thailand and Indonesia.
But over the past year, we've learned more about the downsides of global shrimp production. The Associated Press uncovered slave labor in Southeast Asia, and there's also documentation of environmental degradation from destruction of mangroves.
Perhaps this helps explain the success of a new kind of boutique shrimp operation in New York, called Eco Shrimp Garden...
Apparently there was an inland shrimp farm in the industrial town of Newburgh, New York, an hour from my house, where a Brazilian named Jean Claude Frajmund was raising shrimp to sell at the Union Square Greenmarket.
I expected the shrimp would taste very fresh, and they definitely did. On the other hand, I expected that, because of the circumstances of their origin, they might lack the complicated flavors of shrimp harvested in the wild. I was wrong; these jumbo Hudson Valley shrimp from Eco Shrimp Garden in the Union Square Greenmarket were intense, and absolutely delicious.
It was anger over the mistaken letter telling him he needed to plop down $4,000 to get his dream of opening an indoor shrimp farm through the City of Newburgh’s planning and zoning processes.
He spent months getting state Department of Environmental Conservation approvals, installing tubes to carry recycled water and assembling the huge holding tanks inside a section of the former Resnick Mattress factory.
But on Friday morning, U.S. Rep. Sean Maloney, state Sen. Bill Larkin and Assemblyman Frank Skartados joined Frajmund and city officials in celebrating the grand opening of Eco Shrimp Farm, considered the first indoor shrimp farm in the state.
Inside the former Resnick Mattress factory on Liberty Street in the City of Newburgh, Frajmund is less than two months away from harvesting the first batch of shrimp from an indoor farming operation that may be the first of its kind in New York State.
“People are coming in with a new vision, new energy, some money to do the job, and I see businesses being supported in a way they haven’t been before,”...As signs of progress, Kennedy points to such developments as a proposed shrimp farm at the former site of a mattress factory, and a local land bank, an idea first floated in similarly deprived cities such as Camden, New Jersey and Flint, Michigan