Great salt lake brine shrimp cooperative

Brine shrimp

The Utah State Division of Wildlife Resources regulates and monitors the brine shrimp harvest on the Great Salt Lake every year. Brine Shrimp companies are issued 79 permits or Certificates of Registration (COR) by the state of Utah. The value of a company is generally reflected in these permits. Since the state only issues 79 CORs, getting into the brine shrimp harvest becomes extremely difficult. Companies that sell brine shrimp pay about $12,000 per COR per year. The harvest companies must also pay State taxes from the total raw harvest in addition to the COR fees. Brine shrimp, brine shrimp larvae, empty shells, brine flies, brine fly casings, algae, and other biomass material make up this raw harvest. The Great Salt Lake, its banks, and adjacent ponds yielded a total of 19,646,933 pounds of raw material during the 2008-2009 harvest season. The harvesters were charged a tax of 3.75 cents per pound. The state of Utah received another $735,000 in royalties as a result of this.

U.s. brine shrimp industry could be in peril if great salt lake

A letter appeared in The Aquarium, a publication for fish hobbyists, in October 1951. C.C. Sanders, a local resident, exclaimed that there were “brine shrimp by the billions!” in Utah’s Great Salt Lake. Sanders had discovered that the shrimp, which had been present in the lake for over 15,000 years, made excellent live feed for Siamese fighting fish. He devised a strategy for selling the shrimp to aquarium supply shops. His small crew gathered the tiny crustaceans into inflatable children’s swimming pools, packed them, and shipped them off using nets made from surplus Army parachutes. It was the beginning of something important.
Adult brine shrimp are around the size of a Tic Tac and resemble miniature silverfish. Most Artemia franciscana die off in the Great Salt Lake in the fall, leaving huge red “slicks” made up of cysts, heavily protected eggs that survive the winter and hatch in the spring. Cysts are easier to bundle and ship than live adults, and the industry is now worth $30 million. Winter harvesting has been a meticulously planned process involving spotting planes and global positioning systems. Seventeen companies patrol the Great Salt Lake, collecting cysts with oil spill containment devices. They gathered over 27 million pounds of biomass this winter, an above-average year, including cysts, shrimp shells, brine fly larvae, plant litter, and bird feathers.

Wild-caught brine shrimp from the great salt lake

The Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative, Inc. (the “Cooperative”) is the world’s leading supplier of high-quality Artemia cysts (brine shrimp eggs).

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Artemia cysts are used as live feed for larval-stage fish and shrimp in hatcheries all over the world, including Europe, Asia, Central and South America.
The Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative, Inc. was founded in 2006 when sixteen harvest companies banded together to form the Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative, Inc.
The Cooperative is a global leader in collecting and processing Artemia cysts from the world’s best source – the Great Salt Lake and its shores.
We employ cutting-edge technology, cutting-edge equipment, and some of the industry’s most seasoned workers.
Most significantly, we have a highly qualified workforce – men and women who take pride in collaborating to create a world-class product.
Our employees put in long hours, are reasonably paid, treat each other with respect, are dedicated to the company, and prioritize the protection of themselves and their coworkers above all other concerns on the job.

Collecting brine shrimp in great salt lake, utah

INVE retains its rights to export a significant portion of the GSL COOP’s artemia harvest from the Great Salt Lake, Utah – the world’s largest source of brine shrimp, which are commonly used by the aquaculture industry in early stage nutrition – under the terms of this 10-year deal.
Historically, artemia supplied under the sales and marketing arrangement with GSL COOP has accounted for roughly 60% of INVE’s overall artemia sales, generating over £30 million in revenue in 2016. INVE also has long-term access to the world’s best artemia, thanks to the extension of the sales and marketing agreement. This generates demand for the company’s aquaculture hatchery feeds and health products, as well as providing substantial revenue from direct sales.
INVE has entered into a long-term distribution arrangement with the GSL COOP for INVE’s current and potential artemia-related goods and innovations, in addition to the continuation of the sales and marketing agreement. INVE is working on a line of ground-breaking artemia-related feed products that will be available in early 2020.