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Get to Know 6 Important Steps of Shrimp Harvesting Process

Kalyca Krisandini
Kalyca Krisandini
26 October 2023

Further understanding about the important stage at the end of cultivation

Harvesting is the final stage of shrimp farming. Farmers look forward to the activity of collecting the yields of shrimp farming. In its implementation, they must pay close attention to the procedure of harvesting shrimp in order to maintain the shrimps’ quality.

There are several technical preparations that must be made prior to harvesting. The shipment, tools, and, of course, manpower must all be readied. All of these aspects must be considered to ensure an expeditious harvesting process.

The steps of shrimp harvesting process

At least six stages must be performed during the shrimp harvesting process. To avoid degrading the quality of the harvested shrimp, all of these steps must be carried out properly.

Catching shrimps

Catching shrimps is the first stage of harvesting. Harvesters will use a net to collect the shrimp from the pond. The main thing to remember when catching shrimps is the technique. To avoid damaging the shrimp, do not overfill the net. Furthermore, this step is commonly carried out when the temperature is not too high.

Washing and sorting

The shrimps are washed after being collected from the pond to remove mud, sand, and moss adhered to their bodies. Washing is also another way to maintain shrimp quality. Shrimps that have been washed  are then sorted by quality. To expedite the selling process, shrimp that are suitable for sale are sorted from those that are not. The sorting step will produce three kinds of shrimp: fresh, BS (Below Standard), and KM (Kulit Muda). The shrimps are drained after sorting to minimize the amount of water in their bodies.


The next step in the shrimp harvesting process is sampling. The harvester will determine the size of the shrimp on the table or between baskets. The sampling is done one pond at a time. For example, if there are ten ponds, the sampling will be done ten times.


Weighing is the next step in the shrimp harvesting process. An adjusted scale (tare weight) is used to weigh the shrimp in the basket. Later, the shrimps are weighed per several kilograms, such as 20kgs, 25kg, or 30kgs.


After weighing, the shrimps are immersed in fresh water with a salinity of 0 and a temperature range of 0 to 5oC. This process also includes treatment materials to prevent shrimp microbial development. Overall, immersion is done to enhance the shrimps’ durability.


The next step in the shrimp harvesting process is packing. Shrimps are placed in ice-filled fibers to maintain its quality until it reaches the warehouse or processing factory. A layer-stack model is used to organize the shrimp and ice inside the fiber (ice-shrimps-ice-shrimps). After that, the packed shrimp are supplied ice water in various volumes based on their placement in the truck or pickup car.  After packing, the shrimps are shipped to the warehouse or processing factory.

Harvest intends to collect cultivated shrimps in accordance with the economic value target. From catching the shrimps to packing, the quality of shrimp must be maintained so that its economic value remains high. JALA can assist you in making it happen. With JALA, the harvesting process will be carried out using meticulous and accurate SOP to maintain shrimp quality. To negotiate the harvest, kindly contact the JALA team at +62 812-7479-8887 (Aji).

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