Minister of Agriculture and Water from Murcia, Antonia Cerdá, visiting Imida Aquaculture Centre. (Photo:CARM)
Octopus farming in the open sea: study
Friday, August 12, 2011, 03:00 (GMT + 9)
A team of researchers at the Aquaculture Station of San Pedro del Pinatar, which depends on the Institute of Agricultural Research and Development and Food (Imidi) in Murcia, found that off the coast of the region it is possible to achieve up to two breeding cycles of rock octopus a year.
According to experts, between October and June, when the water temperature is low, the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) has no relevant nutritional needs, so it is expected that production costs will be reduced, EFE agency reported.
Researchers are addressing the study of octopus breeding in floating farms at sea and of their nutritional needs to achieve adequate development and fattening.
At the Station, a plan to reduce the environmental impact of these floating farms is being developed by recycling the waste from farming in-situ.
The minister of agriculture and water, Antonio Cerdá, visited the station to learn about the latest results of the main developing projects.
After the visit, he said the region has a "tremendous potential for the development of the aquaculture sector," which also has "professionals gifted with an entrepreneurial spirit."
The official said that the region of Murcia traditionally occupies the top in fish aquaculture production at national level, which generates more than 300 direct and 1,500 indirect jobs, the agency Europa Press reported.
Besides, he recalled that in 2010 in Murcia there were 11,000 tonnes of such species as sea bream and sea bass, worth EUR 55 million.
The station has large facilities with adequate infrastructure to develop all the necessary research in aquaculture.
In 2010, new modern premises were opened with wet labs, an administrative area and other facilities for different services.
By Analia Murias