Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2016 Regional Award Winner


First Ontario Shrimp Ltd., Campbellford

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Brad Cocchio, MPP Lou Rinaldi, Paul and Tracy Cocchio

Brad Cocchio, MPP Lou Rinaldi, Paul and Tracy Cocchio

Good things grow in in Ontario- everything from strawberries to spinach to shrimp! Inspired by reports of indoor aquaculture in the U.S., the Cocchio family farm set out to become Ontario's first shrimp producers. The family secured an aquaculture licence, installed 16 saltwater tanks in a converted hog barn and worked with Canadian Food Inspection Agency to import feed and shrimp larvae. With their closed loop system, the Cocchios can produce 136 kilograms of Pacific white shrimp a week. You can enjoy their innovative results, fresh from the farm, at several high-end Toronto restaurants.


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