Snapper farming. Cedetem researchers aim to set industrial scale commercial productive projects. (Photo: Sagarpa/Unam/FIS)
Spanish researchers offer advise on snapper farming
Monday, August 01, 2011, 04:50 (GMT + 9)
A team of experts from the Institute for Agricultural Food Research and Technology (IRTA), from Spain, is offering advice to the Technology Development Centre of Marine Species (Cedetem), from Mexico, on the technological development of snapper production off the Mexican coast on the Pacific Ocean.
Cedetem is one of the largest centres of Jalisco state, dedicated to aquaculture research and production of marine species’ offspring.
The agency requested the collaboration of the Spanish research institute of the Generalitat of Cataluña, within the Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and Natural Environment, due to its extensive experience in the resource study.
Local researchers aim to implement industrial scale commercial production projects, according to IRTA.
In particular, experts from the Spanish centre of Sant Carles de la Rapita (Tarragona) validated the procedures and helped Cedetem to define technological improvements to contribute to success in the zootechnical field of its facilities, located on the Pacific coast.
In addition, those scientists that had been invited suggested the creation of integrated management models and parameter and process control schemes, and proposed designs for improving the facility and water management.
On the other hand, last March, and after several years of research and tests focused on raising the snapper, a team of experts managed to produce offspring of this species for fattening on a different scale in floating cage projects in the Pacific.
This initiative was joined by the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca), the Centre for Food Research and Development (CIAD), Mazatlan Unit, and a cooperative fishermen’s association.
Each cage measures nine feet in diameter and two metres in drop and has the ability to sow 45,000 juvenile species and to produce up to 20 tonnes in a cycle of eight months with a harvest size of 500 grams.
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By Analia Murias