/ Modified may 1, 2010 2:25 a.m.

Desert Sweet Shrimp Farm

Robert Rappaport takes us deep into the hot desert of Gila Bend and finds freshwater ponds full of shrimp.

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When you think of Gila Bend, the first thing to come to your mind may not be shrimp, but the town is actually home to the only known shrimp farm in Arizona.

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Shrimp Farm Manager Craig Collins tosses the net to get some live shrimp to show off

Officials at Desert Sweet Shrimp say their farm virtually has eliminated the pollution problems now associated worldwide with thousands of coastal shrimp farms, which often must rely on contaminated ocean water in their growing cycle.

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Shrimp pond aerators help produce oxygen

Grown in a controlled atmosphere of fresh-running well water, the shrimp live in the best of conditions before being pulled from the water and sent to different locations around the world.

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Freshly-caught shrimp in a tub

You can find out more about the shrimp farm and even get some recipes at desertsweetshrimp.com.

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