With seed funding from U-M’s Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability Program, Grobbel is using a vacant Detroit house to farm about 400 shrimp from larvae, according to the article.
She plans to distribute the mature shrimp within the city, and demonstrate aquaculture as a viable way to address the scarcity of locally grown seafood, while simultaneously finding productive uses for vacant property in the city.
She began working with shrimp in a research project with Professor Lutgarde Raskin.
“I started to question what a good alternative might be for some of the houses, and—given the lack of locally produced protein in the city—figured shrimp aquaculture was worth a try,” Grobbel told MLive.
When searching for a Detroit building, CEE Alumnus Darin McLeskey offered Grobbel his unused Detroit home at no cost for the duration of her experiment.
“I want to show that you can produce seafood locally, with little overhead, and maybe even make some money in the process. I’m also hoping the results will be of interest to other Rust Belt cities experiencing vacancy and housing decline,” Grobbel told MLive.
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