Shrimp polyculture: a potentially profitable, sustainable, but uncommon aquacultural practice
Article first published online: 21 MAY 2010
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Reviews in Aquaculture
Volume 2, Issue 2, pages 73–85, June 2010
How to Cite
Martínez-Porchas, M., Martínez-Córdova, L. R., Porchas-Cornejo, M. A. and López-Elías, J. A. (2010), Shrimp polyculture: a potentially profitable, sustainable, but uncommon aquacultural practice. Reviews in Aquaculture, 2: 73–85. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-5131.2010.01023.x
- Issue published online: 21 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 21 MAY 2010
- Received 27 August 2009; accepted 19 November 2009.
- environmental pollution;
- shrimp farming;
- shrimp industry;
- sustainable aquaculture
Shrimp polyculture is not yet a common practice among farmers; however, this activity represents an important alternative to solving and/or minimizing some of the problems that shrimp aquaculture has faced in the past two decades (environmental pollution, diseases and decreasing prices). In this context, many benefits have been achieved with some polyculture practices. Several species from diverse trophic levels have the potential to be co-cultured with shrimps. A good knowledge of the species that are candidates for polyculture and an adequately designed culture system are the most important points to consider when co-culturing shrimp with other species. The present paper is a review of the past, present and future of shrimp polyculture with other organisms.