Mexican college students win huge at Stockholm Junior Water Prize

A science venture developed by two Mexican high-school college students from Sonora has received the Folks’s Alternative Award on the Stockholm Junior Water Prize after hundreds of voters from world wide acknowledged it as their favourite water innovation.

Developed by Carlos Iván Erquizio Salazar, 17, and Fernando de Silva Hernández, 16, the “Shrimply the Greatest” venture goals to extend shrimp manufacturing, guarantee meals safety and reduce air pollution by recycling 95% of the wastewater used within the cultivation course of.

Sinaloa shrimp boat
Billions of liters of water are wasted yearly by shrimp manufacturing in Sinaloa. The venture appears to be like to scale back this waste and enhance the atmosphere. (Víctor Hugo Olivas/El Debate de Sinaloa/Cuartoscuro)

In an interview with Mexico Information Every day, the pair revealed that inspiration for the venture got here after a faculty journey to Kino Bay, Sonora, the place they came upon that the speedy enlargement of the shrimp trade within the area had led to adversarial environmental penalties for the Gulf of California.

“Within the journey to Kino Bay,” Carlos defined, “we had been stunned to be taught that to catch 1 kg of shrimp in open fishing, 10 kg or extra of different species will get filtered within the catch and is later thrown into the ocean, polluting it and destroying the atmosphere.” 

Their analysis led them to advocate sustainable aquaculture methods to fastidiously breed, choose and course of shrimp for catch.

“It was a means of figuring out ‘the issue of the issue,’” Fernando mentioned. 

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize ceremony has been held yearly since 1997. (Carlos Salazar/Fernando Hernández)

Earlier than the venture received recognition in Stockholm, it had beforehand received Mexico’s most vital Nationwide Youth Water Award organized by the Autonomous College of Mexico (UNAM), paving the way in which to Stockholm. 

“It’s great to have been in a position to characterize our nation within the method that Fernando and I did,” Carlos mentioned. “I might’ve by no means imagined this. I really feel very grateful for all of the assist that we acquired alongside this journey.”

“It’s an honor to have been in a position to characterize our nation in issues of such relevance,” Fernando added.

In line with the pair, the following step will probably be to deliver the federal government, scientists, lecturers and shrimp producers collectively to implement their venture. They will even be engaged on a venture demonstration with UNAM. 

This isn’t the primary Mexican youth science venture to win awards this yr. In April, a gaggle of teenage women from Mazatlán, Sinaloa, received gold on the Worldwide Competition of Engineering Science and Know-how in Tunisia (I-FEST²) for his or her demonstration of easy methods to convert leftover shrimp waste into plastic substitutes.

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