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In-Pond Raceway System

U.S. soybean farmers tour the IPRS demonstration project co-funded by the Soybean Checkoff program.
U.S. soybean farmers tour the IPRS demonstration project co-funded by the Soybean Checkoff program.
  • U.S. soybean farmers tour the IPRS demonstration project co-funded by the Soybean Checkoff program.
  • Concrete raceways under construction.
  • A small scale IPRS operation with carp stocked in raceways. Water flows through the raceways and around the larger pond area, allowing fish waste removal from the raceways and conserving water quality for reuse.
  • Pumps create a well-aerated riverine current in the raceways.
  • Fish waste removal for recycling as fertilizer and biofuel.

Developed at Auburn University with investment from the U.S. soybean checkoff program, the In-Pond Raceway System (IPRS) creates a healthier environment with a riverine flow for fish and shrimp in pond raceways while greatly reducing the environmental impact. The system protects water quality by removing waste and recycling it for other uses, such as biodiesel and fertilizer, enabling reuse of the pond water and significant conservation of limited water resources.

The IPRS technology was first brought to China by USSEC’s Aquaculture Program in 2013 through a demonstration project in Pingwang, Jiangsu Province. Together with the use of high protein soy-based feed, the IPRS demonstration achieved notable success in tripling yields, better fish performance, health and quality, a lower feed conversion ratio, labor savings and higher profitability.

The technology is being rapidly adopted in China and throughout Southeast Asia, and is currently being introduced by USSEC to other global regions. To support the expansion of IPRS technology, USSEC’s Aquaculture Program provides on-site technical services and training seminars, and organizes visiting teams to well-operated IPRS units.

For detailed information on the IPRS, please see the resources listed below:

Training Materials – English »

Training Materials – Chinese »

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