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Cheng's seafood product gets packed elsewhere and sold to seafood markets and grocery stores across the United States including Texas.
Photographs obtained by the sheriff’s department showed some of the alleged die-off.Sheriff Omar Lucio said Cheng filed a report in reference to a welfare concern at his shrimp farm on Monday. He's concerned that maybe somebody is out to get him or is jealous, the sheriff explained.
The owner estimated loses are in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. I cannot find a reason why the shrimp are dying, Cheng said. No disease. The water quality is no problem. Why did my shrimp die?
Cheng said a shrimp sample sent to the University of Arizona by Texas Parks and Wildlife tested negative for any poisonous chemicals. His suspicions were elevated over the weekend when he found a dead seagull near a shrimp pond. It was sent to a different lab for testing.
Why did a seagull eat a shrimp and die?Cheng asked.
Deputies said Cheng owns 26 out of the 85 ponds at the shrimp farm in Arroyo City. Investigators want to find out if any other pond owners experienced losses to the extent of Cheng’s.
Do you know of any other owners having a problem like you are?Action 4’s Ryan Wolf asked Cheng. Seems none like me, he responded. Cheng said all the shrimp farms in the area use the exact same water resource. He stated that he took a pond water sample to a Brownsville lab but was later notified that they could not test the water for the chemicals he was requesting.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is reportedly involved in the investigation, according to Cheng. Lab results on the dead seagull are pending from Texas A & M University and Cheng hopes to identify the source of the die-off soon. The next shrimp season for him begins in the Spring.