Brine shrimp harvest began in 1950, when the Sanders Brine Shrimp Company began a harvest of live brine shrimp and nauplii for fish feed. It was soon discovered that the cysts could be cleaned and stored more efficiently, and in 1952, the harvest switched to a cyst-only collection. After collection, the brine shrimp cysts are cleaned, processed, stored and later hatched into live young to feed a variety of commercially reared fish and prawns.
A. franciscana within Great Salt Lake is a keystone species upon which much of the rest of the ecosystem relies upon. Proper management and maintenance of this resource is justifiably warranted, not only to preserve what has taken thousands of years to create, not as a fishery or recreation site, but as a living entity to safeguard for future generations.