Natal will host the international exhibition organized by WAS and Fenecam this year in the country. (Photo: Fenacam/FIS)
Natal to host major global aquaculture event
Thursday, February 10, 2011, 00:30 (GMT + 9)
Between 6 and 10 June 2011, the largest international aquaculture event will be held in Natal, as organized by the World Aquaculture Society (WAS).
This entity will provide for around 6,000 people at this event, which is being held for the second time in the country, through a partnership with the National Shrimp Fair (Fenacam).
The theme of the eighth Fenacam fair is "Aquaculture for a changing world."
Currently, 98 per cent of all national aquaculture production is recorded in the northeastern region of Brazil, which in 2009 produced around 65,000 tonnes of shrimp.
The sector has 1,200 producers, of which 560 are from the state of Rio Grande do Norte.
The president of the Brazilian Association of Shrimp Breeders (ABCC), Itamar Rocha, claims that 7 out of 10 shrimp farmers in Rio Grande do Norte have no environmental permit or access to finances and technology.
In his view, the biggest aim for the sector of this region of Brazil is to include micro and small producers in the production process, by making effective the delivery of breeding licenses and creating special financing lines.
"Environmental licensing is the responsibility of the producer and the government. If the producer does not have it, the Government has a duty to educate the producer and show them that it is necessary," says the shrimp expert.
Rocha contends that the sector has to go for the certification of national and local shrimp, a strategy that does not get many incentives by Asian countries, which are leaders in exports of this crustacean, reports Diario de Natal.
"Here in Brazil we have the ability to certify shrimp that is produced by all producers. There, they do not have that option," he said.
By Analia Murias