Snapper farming in cages. (Photo: Conapesca-Sagarpa/FIS)
Significant advances in snapper farming
Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 03:50 (GMT + 9)
After several years of research and tests focused on raising red snapper, a team of experts have managed to produce offspring of this species for different scale broiler projects in floating cages in the Pacific Ocean.
Participating in this initiative was the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca), the Center for Food Research and Development (CIAD), the Mazatlan Unit and a fishermen's cooperative society.
Ramon Corral Avila, the head of Conapesca, explained that each cage measures nine feet in diameter and two meters in height, and has capacity to hold 45,000 youth and produce up to 20 tonnes in a cycle of eight months with a crop size of 500 grams.
He said that CIAD is evaluating the performance of a balanced diet that was developed specifically for the fattening of snapper.
In this regard, he stressed that if the diet works well, something that is occurring in the tests, it represents a breakthrough for nutrition in aquaculture and mariculture.
"This exercise will allow us to assess the profitability of projects in the aspect of cost-benefit and profit to producers," said Corral Ávila.
Conapesca authorities also intend to:
- Maintain the installed capacity to date to ensure a minimum supply of juveniles;
- Revive the aquaculture infrastructure which is underutilized, located in the states of Sonora, Sinaloa, Jalisco, Michoacan and Guerrero, for use in broiler projects;
- Ensure balanced food supply specifically for the snapper;
- Have a commercial development of proven technologies in the production of fry and fattening (Transfer of technology);
- Promote their cultivation and provide producers with: juveniles, food, supplies, farming infrastructure and technical assistance.
In late December 2010, a private company, in collaboration with CIAD, obtained a production of approximately 30,000 youth spotted rose snapper (Lutjanus guttatus).
These juveniles were distributed for producers in the states of Baja California Sur (4,000), Sonora (14,000) and Sinaloa (7,900).
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By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member SAGARPA - Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentacion