The site

The shrimp farm is located close to Grevesmühlen, a small city in the countryside of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, in northern Germany, about 15km from the shore of the Baltic Sea. The site was chosen since administrative and financial support was beneficial for a shrimp farm with pilot character. The farm was built close to a sewage plant in order to be able to make use of surplus heat from a biogas power plant for reasonable costs to heat water and air inside the farm building.

The state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern lies wholly within the North European Plain and has a moderate climate primarily influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and Baltic Sea. The following tables depict mean temperature and precipitation in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Months Temperature Precipitation in mm
January 0.1 44
February 0.2 30
March 2.6 37
April 6.2 41
May 10.9 47
June 15.0 56
July 16.7 72
August 16.7 66
September 13.9 53
October 9.7 44
November 5.2 52
December 2.1 50
Year 8.3 592

Grevesmühlen is located 33 km east of Lübeck, and 29 km northwest of Schwerin. A small train station provides train services to Lübeck and other cities. The city is in short distance connected to the freeway A 20 and the state road 105 and is part of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. At present, feasability studies are conducted to introduce shrimp and fish production, based on RAS-technique in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region which may raise synergistic effects among the various facilities (e.g. joining with marketing concepts).