The new fish farm parks will cover an area spanning more than 185,000 ha and may produce some 89,000 annual tonnes. (Photo: Stock File)
New aquaculture parks to produce 89,000 tonnes of fish
Friday, July 23, 2010, 16:50 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture
(MPA) predicted that by mid-2011 the implementation of aquaculture parks in eight reservoirs of the Paranapanema River, between the states of São Paulo and Paraná will be realised. It considers that some of them might even be ready this year to start as pilots
Overall, aquaculture parks will have a capacity to produce around 89,000 tonnes of fish annually in an area of 185,235 hectares.
The MPA estimates that its activities will benefit approximately 1,800 families in the region.
The studies for the demarcation and establishment of aquaculture parks, which require an investment of BRL 2.3 million (USD 1.3 million), are conducted by the Gia Institute.
Since 2007, the federal Government built these parks as part of the government's strategy to turn Brazil into one of the largest global seafood producers.
To date, the MPA has delivered 1,941 areas for fish production in aquaculture parks of the Union, specifically in the Itaipu dam, Castanhão, Ilha Solteira, Furnas, Três Marias and Tucuruí, Globo Rural Online reports.
On the other hand, the Ministry also requested the demarcation and establishment of aquaculture parks in the reservoir of the hydroelectric dam in Lajeado, 50 kilometres from Palmas.
In these places, whose implementation is driven by the company Neocorp Desenvolvimento de Projetos, of Porto Alegre, native fish such as pacu will be raised.