Brine shrimp should be the official Utah State Crustacean!

Brine shrimp should be the official Utah State Crustacean!

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Great Salt Lake Institute started this petition to Utah Legislators

In our 6th grade class at Emerson Elementary School in Utah, we have learned how important Brine Shrimp are to the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem. We have been raising brine shrimp in our class since September and have watched their life cycle repeat several times. These little Olympic swimmers glide through the water like birds soaring through the sky. Watching these majestic creatures swim is mesmerizing. They are so little yet so important to our lives and economy.  

We think they should be the official Utah State Crustacean! Please sign this petition to tell our state legislators that you support the Brine Shrimp becoming Utah’s State Crustacean.  

Below you will find mind blowing facts about the impact brine shrimp have on the Great Salt Lake, our State, and the world. We hope you will sign this petition to help us raise awareness for the unique brine shrimp that live in our Great Salt Lake.      

  • Brine shrimp (Artemia) have inhabited the Great Salt Lake (and prior lakes including Lake Bonneville) for over 600,000 years. 
  • Artemia possess a unique resiliency to extreme conditions unparalleled in other life forms by existing in an inland saline lake. 
  • The health of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem is imperative for brine shrimp to survive. 
  • Brine shrimp are vital for entire species of birds such as eared grebes and Wilson's phalaropes that use the Great Salt Lake in preparation for their migration.  
  • Cysts that are produced by Artemia are sent all over the world to feed fish grown commercially, thus providing an important food source for humans. 
  • The brine shrimp industry contributes an economic benefit of $56.7 million dollars annually and almost 600 jobs in Utah. 
  • By grazing on algae, Artemia causes a reduction of algae blooms leading to clearer water. 

Sincerely,  

Mr. Craner’s 6th Grade Class 

Emerson Elementary School 

Salt Lake City, Utah  

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