Shrimp cultivation in tank-networks. (Photo: pesca.sp.gov.br)
Aquaculture may enhance fish production in Ceará
Monday, April 04, 2011, 04:10 (GMT + 9)
The state of Ceará has today become one of the five largest fish producers in Brazil, thanks to the significant development achieved in marine and inland aquaculture.
Ceará in 2009 produced a total of 88,694 tonnes of fish, representing 7.1 per cent of the total Brazilian production (1.24 million tonnes), said the director of the Registration Department for Fisheries and Aquaculture, of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (MPA), Sebastião Saldanha Neto.
Noting that "the potential of Brazil is in aquaculture," the official said that this state has the potential to further expand aquaculture production as encouraged by cultivation in tank-networks.
|Fish dislpay. (Photo: pesca.sp.gov.br)
Saldanha Neto said that national fish production comprises capture fishery catches and aquaculture, but said that while there is a large number of species in the country, their volume is not large.
"Smaller countries, such as Peru, have higher productivity because despite having a smaller number of species, their volumes are higher," he said.
To boost fish production, the MPA is allowing the occupation of public waters owned by the Union to private producers. To this end, the Government plans to provide technical and financial assistance.
"The joint efforts and actions of the Union State initiatives can ensure better results," he continued.
The five largest producers of fish in the country in 2009 were:
- Santa Catarina: 199,406 tonnes;
- Pará: 138,050 tonnes;
- Bahía: 121,255 tonnes;
- Ceará: 88,694 tonnes;
- Amazon: 81,345 tonnes.
By Analia Murias