The first mariculture project in Sinaloa will centre it's production on spotted rose snapper and bullseye puffer fish. (Photo: CIAD)
First mariculture project launched in Sinaloa
Monday, December 06, 2010, 02:10 (GMT + 9)
The Centre for Food Research and Development (CIAD) is installing a pilot demonstration site for the pre-fattening and fattening of the spotted rose snapper (Lutjanus guttatus) and the bullseye puffer fish (Sphoeroides annulatus).
This is the first mariculture project in Sinaloa, which includes the design and validation of food, with the aim of generating information on aspects of growth rates, survival and conservation for these species.
Dr. Crisantema Hernández González, a researcher at the Laboratory of Quality for Aquaculture Foods and Nutrition of CIAD, explained that the proposed cage culture of marine fish is an alternative for fishermen, in order to "reduce the exertion on the main fishing species of high commercial value."
The research is supported by the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca), the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa) and the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt).
Gonzalez said that so far, they have achieved remarkable results. As it monitored the site (La Isla de la Piedra, close to Cerro del Cardo, in Sinaloa) and is considered suitable for crop development due to its characteristics of oxygen and currents.
In the pilot plant of fish there was a batch of 10,000 fingerlings, using established production protocols and developed by the Laboratory of Reproduction and Genetics of CIAD.
It was also designed and produced on a commercial scale for food. For this is taken into account the research on potential ingredients at low costs, commercially available, which could be used as an alternative to the costly inputs and unstable fishmeal.
The proposal seeks to provide a complementary solution to the problems of the Mexican fishing industry which was affected both by the depletion of fish stocks, as well as higher prices for energy.
By Silvina Corniola