Facilities at the new aquaculture research center that will operate in Segovia. (Photo: jcyl.es/FIS)
Opening of aquaculture research center imminent
Friday, February 04, 2011, 16:20 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of the Junta de Castilla y León, has announced the completion of construction and launch of the Aquaculture Research Center in April. This new body will provide technological support to the aquaculture sector in that region.
All thats left is to finish equiping it and to give the final briefings to the management and monitoring teams at the center, which will focus on culture techniques for freshwater species (rainbow trout, brown trout, sturgeon, carp, tilapia and tench) as well as saltwater species (sea bream, sea bass, black bream, turbot, corvina and flounder), and the production of fish feed for the aquaculture industry.
The center, located in Segovia, has had EUR 2.9 million invested into it and its staff is comprised of four investigators, two laboratory analysts and four maintenance workers.
The lines of research are:
- Aquaculture nutrition and feeding systems;
- Management systems and animal welfare;
- Genetics and reproduction
- Health and environmental management, including reduction of waste generated during fish farming, such as water consumption and energy.
The new center has three work areas: experimental facilities where they will conduct tests with live fresh and salt water fish, a laboratory divided into three areas of study for medical, reproductive and quality , as well as offices for center staff, and a multipurpose hall for training activities or meetings.
According to the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Silvia Clemente, the Centre may transfer technological advances that it uncovers to companies in the sector that are interested.
She also recalled that Spain is the largest aquaculture producer in the European Union (EU), with 265,313 tonnes, representing 20 per cent of the total. The main aquaculture species are sea bream, sea bass and turbot.
Clemente said that in Castilla and Leon, there are three of the largest aquaculture feed businesses in the country: Dibac-Diprotec (Segovia), Scretting (Burgos) and Proacua (Palencia), reports the Europa Press.
By Analia Murias