An algae harvester. Algae production units will be established along the Ceara coast in Icapui, Camocim and Pecem. (Photo: Wikipedia)
Algae farming in Ceara a real possibility
Thursday, January 28, 2010, 03:00 (GMT + 9)
The president of the Ceara State Development Agency (ADECE), Antonio Balhmann, contends that the Ceara coast is ideal for cultivating algae. He is in talks with a national firm interested in building three algae producing units, he further revealed.
The sites selected are Icapui, Camocim and Pecem, Diario do Nordeste reports.
The company, the name of which was not revealed, would initially import algae from the Philippines, to grow the local crop to an industrial scale from those specimens.
Balhmann stresses the need to find an alternative to reduce the fishing effort of lobster and red porgy, as Ceara fishing sector executives have always based their activity on those species.
ADECE authorities also plan to conduct studies of the seafood resources that inhabit the coast of the state at depths greater than 30 metres, through March of this year.
“We do not as yet know what exists in the deepest areas. There are indications of sardine shoals, but only one study, which the Institute of Marine Sciences (LABOMAR) will do at our request, will be able to verify it,” Balhmann said.
Boosting aquaculture in the state is another one of ADECE’s goals.
“Our farms can produce up to 400,000 tonnes of tilapia, but we only produce 20,000, which is ridiculous,” he said.
Balhmann is convinced that increasing the minimum current output of tilapia is viable, taking the water quality of the artificial lakes of Ceara into account.
By Analia Murias