Greene Prairie Aquafarm is located in west, central Alabama, about 150 miles from the Gulf coast. The farm was formed in 2001 to produce the saltwater shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, in brackish water pumped from an underground aquifer. The brackish water has been used for the past 20 years in the production of channel catfish, but their farm is the first in Alabama dedicated to shrimp. The farm comprises 17 earthen ponds containing a total of 54 surface acres of water. There is room to almost double the current acreage. Current expansion efforts are oriented towards year-around production in densely stocked tanks with recirculating water treatment.
Greene Prairie Aquafarm is owned by H. R. (Rud) Schmittou, David Teichert-Coddington, and Thomas Schmittou. Rud and David were colleagues at Auburn University, AL, where they worked with the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures and the International Center for Aquaculture and Aquatic Environments. Rud is a Professor Emeritus at Auburn University and continues to consult on domestic and international programs. David manages the farm where he lives with his family. Thomas is an environmental engineer who directs his own environmental engineering firm.